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► Modern Martyrs in an Angry World 

► Spiritual Health for the New Year 

► EVOLUTION-Yes, No, or Maybe...? 

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1965 ^S^ 





Auxerre. France, located about one hun- 
dred miles south and east of Paris, is a city 
of approximately thirty thousand inhabitants 
wi'.h practically no evangelical witness. It 
is a very old city, having been a flourish- 
ing town before the Roman invasion of 
Gaul. The large building at the left of the 
picture is St. Stephan's cathedral, parts of 
which were built in the 13th. 14th, and 16th 
centuries. To the right are the church of 
St. Germain and the abbey of St. Germain, 
now a hospital. (Photo by C. K. Landrum) 


Richard E. Grant, Executive Editor 
SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona 
Lake, Ind. Issued biweekly by The Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Co.. Inc., Box 544, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price: 
$3.50 a year, foreign, $4.50. Special rates 
to churches. 

They Were Faithful! 

—Fifty-three Brethren who felt they could no longer ignore God's command 
to "Go ve into all the world" and on September 4, 1900, covenanted together 
to form the Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren Church. 

—Scores of dedicated servants of the Lord who heard the "Go ye" as a 
■personal command and followed His leading to the "far corners" of the earth. 

—Thousands of interested church members and friends with dedicated 
pocketbooks, who have underwritten the tremendous dollar-costs of the for- 
eign missionary endeavor. 

—Untold numbers of prayer warriors, many of whom could neither go nor 
give, but without whom the accomplishments could not have taken place. 

—A vast train of men, women, and children from the different lands who, 
after hearing the Gospel, responded to the voice of the Holy Spirit and gave 
their hearts to the Saviour, and thus became the fruit of this work— a part 
of the great body of Christ. 

God Was Faithful! 

—In directing the Brethren to their first continuing testimony in 1909— 
in Argentina— where the work has gone forward ever since. 

—In opening additional fields: French Equatorial Africa (now Central Afri- 
can Republic) in 1921, Brazil in 1949, France and Mexico in 1951, Hawaii 
in 1953, and Puerto Rico in 1959. 

—In supplying workers— individuals who were directed of the Holy Spirit 
to service in the certain fields. 

—In answering prayer— a tremendous volume of which has continued 
through the years in behalf of the mission and the missionaries. 

—In providing the funds through His people that the work might go 

Indeed, from the beginning of the Foreign Missionary Society of the 
Brethren Church back in 1900 until the present year of 1965, through the 
faithfulness of our Lord and those who have heeded His commands to 
"pray . . . give . . . go" there have been great accomplishments. Rejoice with 
us in this fact! Let us praise God for it! 

Great in our eyes, these accomplishments, yes; but not great by any means 
surely, in comparison to what God would have had us do. So while we are 
rejoicing, let us also look forward soberly and seriously, knowing that God 
has greater things yet to be done. Pray that the accomplishments of these 
65 years will have been only stepping stones to the greater things, to the, 
multiplying millions more who need to hear the Gospel. Pray that in thi; 
very year of 1965 there may be tremendous forward strides in the foreign 
missionary endeavor. The challenges are overwhelming, but God is able 
May each one of us be willing to be used of Him in whatever way possibl 
that this 65th anniversary year may be the greatest year yet in Brethren for 
ei^n missions! 

The insignia appearing in the upper left-hand comer of this page was designed espe 
cially for the 65th anniversary year by our Brother Don Sterrenburg of Lakewood, Cali 

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Mrs. Paul Carlson, with her son, Wayne, kneels in prayer at her husband's grave. (Photo courtesy of Evangelical Covenant Church 
of America) 

Modern Martyrs in an Angry World 

Our hearts have been left torn 
and bleeding by the news of the 
martyrdom of Dr. Paul Carlson 
which occurred in Stanleyville, 
Congo, on November 24. Of course, 
we desire also to remember with 
sympathy the families of those others 
who have been martyrs in the Congo. 

So many days have passed and so 
many articles have been written that 
there seems very little yet to be said. 
The general news media have given 
excellent coverage. Especially good 
coverage was given by Life and Time 
magazines, both dated December 4, 

Possibly some added details can 
be given since the Brethren mis- 
sion in the Central African Republic, 
along with the Baptist Mid-Missions, 
has been able to give some assistance 
to the refugee missionaries who came 
across the Ubangui River at Bangui. 

Quite a number of the missionary 
refugees from the Congo have been 
deployed into various parts of the 
Central African Republic and have 
been working side by side with our 

Mrs. Paul Carlson and her two 
children, Wayne and Lynette, lived 
in Bangui after they fled from the 
Congo. We have understood they 
were in a residence right across the 
street from our mission station. 
Wayne has been attending our Mis- 
sionary Children's School at the Bible 
Center location near Bozoum. It was 
while Wayne was on a week-end 
trip to Bangui from Bozoum that the 
word came of the massacre of his 
father. Mrs. Carlson and the two 
children, along with quite a number 
of missionaries, returned to the scene 
of the labors of Dr. Carlson in the 
Congo, even though in rebel territory. 

for the funeral service. They returned 
safely to the Central African Re- 

Although they have given val- 
uable assistance in our mission work 
in the CAR, these refugee mission- 
aries have their eyes fixed on the 
Congo and are longing to return. 
It is right that they should do so. 
But when they do return and the 
entire work of our mission rests again 
on our own missionaries, we will real- 
ize the need for more workers even 
more keenly than at present. The 
blood of the martyrs was the seed 
of the church during the days of the 
Early Church. We believe it is true 
today. Our plea is for more mission- 
aries for the great heart of Africa that 
it may be claimed for Jesus Christ, 

We extend our sympathy to all the 
sorrowing hearts! T 

January 9, 1965 

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By Dr. Russell D. Barnard 

The Christian fellowship was sweet indeed dur- 
ing the davs of our recent visit to Puerto Rico, and 
we feel we obtained much valuable information 
while there, as well as being of help to the mis- 

It was November 12 that Mr. Herman Schu- 
macher, Foreign Missionary Society board member, 
and I flew to Puerto Rico; and exactly two weeks 
later, very early on Thanksgiving morning, we re- 
turned to our homes in Indiana. Those with whom 
we fellowshiped on this Brethren mission field in- 
cluded the missionaries, the Maxwell Brenneman 
and the James Dickson families; also, Mr. and Mrs. 
Wayne McCracken of our Aleppo, Pennsylvania, 
congregation, and Mrs. Evelyn Earle from southern 
California. Mrs. Earle, the sister of Dr. Glenn 
O'Neal, is in Child Evangelism work on the island. 

The missionary accomplishments cause us to re- 
joice. Even though both families of missionaries 
serve on a self-support basis, which means they at- 
tempt to earn their own livelihood, they have found 
sufficient time for the mission work that real prog- 
ress has been made. We marvel that so much has 
been accomplished in the little time that the mis- 
sionaries could actually put into missionary work 
because of the amount of time necessary to earn a 
livelihood for a family. 

We have two well-established works: one con- 
ducted in English with the Brennemans in charoe 
and one in Spanish with the Dicksons in charge. 
These two works have been established with almost 
no cost to our society, at a time when such works 
could probably not have been established on any 
basis other than self-support. At present the Dick- 
sons have three different meeting places and the 
Brennemans have one. Both the Dickson and 
Brenneman homes are used as meeting places. 

Carport chapels seem to be the order of the da)' 
in the starting of new churches or Bible classes in 
Puerto Rico. Even the Catholics are doing this de- 
spite having almost unlimited funds at their dis- 
posal. These carport chapels are attractive, usuallv 
having tile floors and being enclosed with WTOught 

Top: Dorado Beach on north side of Puerto Rico. 

Center: La Concha Hotel in San Juan, with American and 
Puerto Rican flags. 

Bottom: The city of Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas, one 
of the Virgin Islands. 

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iron work or some kind of artistic concrete block 
work. The chapels are generally beautifully painted 
and have good lighting systems, and all-in-all they 
make excellent meeting places. The one used in 
the Brennemans' work is 12 by 40 feet. The one 
being used by the Dicksons in their work, Sunday 
evenings, is about the same size. 

The residence-church is usually the next step in 
the plan of establishing churches and meeting places 
in Puerto Rico. In this case a residence, on a comer 
lot if possible, is taken over and remodeled as may 
seem advisable to be used as a church. They can be 
made to seat up to two hundred people and, with 
room areas around the main building, can be made 
to care for a very modern-type Sunday school. 

Our local people in Puerto Rico are of a high 
type who demonstrate great ability and faithfulness. 
The church offerings seem to indicate that there 
is good promise of complete self-support in the near 
future. The English church is incorporated and well 
organized; the Spanish work, although meeting in 
three different locations, is not quite so well organ- 
ized, but we feel that will come in the not-far-dis- 
tant future. 

Prospects— It seems very reasonable to believe 
that Puerto Rico will have self-sustaining works in 
the not-far-distant future. As far as meeting places 
are concerned, this is a reality now, and we trust 
the support of the pastor will not be too long de- 
layed. We feel there are great blessings imme- 
diately ahead. 

Opportunities seem to be almost unlimited. There 
has been great progress in recent 3'ears economically 
as indicated by the beautiful new hotel buildings 
and business blocks and the many residential allot- 
ments in the area. But I see very little spiritual 
progress, with the spiritual need still being appalling. 
There are dozens and dozens of housing areas with- 
out any gospel testimony or with definitely insuf- 
ficient gospel testimony. Then there are the op- 
portunities in the other cities on the island, which 
are probably just as needy as the San Juan area. 
And in addition to this, there are the many other 
Caribbean islands to which Puerto Rico might be 
considered the gateway. There are opportunities to 
be claimed in both English-speaking and Spanish- 
speaking works. 

We hope to have more to report on the Puerto 
Rico work a bit later. Our detailed report will be 
given to the board of trustees in the February meet- 
ing, and future plans will be for the board to deter- 
mine. In the meantime, be assured that we are 
greatly encouraged, and we urge you to pray for 
these testimonies and these fine Christian workers in 
Puerto Rico. ▼ 

Casa Rio (top) and Israel sections in San Juan area; the 
Brethren have a testimony in the latter. Bottom picture: a 
scene in the luxuriant rain forest of the interior. 

January 9, 1965 

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By Miss Lois Ringler 

Last night I raced with Death! I lost. 

No, I didn't die; I was just the chauffeur. 
The young mother was the one who died. Oh, 
yes, she knew she couldn't deliver her baby 
normally; she had known for two weeks, ever 
since Dr. Taber had examined her and told 
her she must go to the hospital for the opera- 
tion. But was it her fault the family refused to 
let her go? Was it her fault they left her in 
the village eight days before sending the mes- 
sage telling us to come get her? She must not 
have been over twenty, and her beauty could 
not be hidden even by the look of fear and 
pain. Afraid of death? No, afraid of an opera- 
tion. I don't believe she realized she would die. 

We prayed with her, explained the plan 
of salvation, being careful to make it personal. 
Hadn't she lived within walking distance of a 
good church all her life? But she hadn't be- 
lieved. Whose fault? And whose fault we 
could not make her understand now? 

A truck isn't very comfortable over these 
rain-ridden roads, especially if you are the 
sick one. Especially if Mademoiselle is speed- 
ing along, praying to miss the ruts, even only 
the deep ones, praying we would arrive at the 
government hospital before Death overtook 
us. But Death was pursuing, and gaining. 

Just five or ten kilometers before we arrived, 
the death wail went up out of the back 
of the truck. Once you hear that cry, you 
never forget it; 3'ou just drive faster, hoping 
there is still hope. You're not sure whether 
it's rain or tears which make the road more 

As the doctor explodes your last hope, you 
numbly fill up the gas tank from a jerrv-can 
and start the long trip back home to her vil- 
lage, only this time it is a trip cold and rugged. 
The unbearable weeping from the back of 
the truck is like a hell-chant, and threatens to 
snap your self-control. You drive mechanically 
now, hurrying, not knowing exactly whv. 
After seven and one-half hours of driving 26C 
kilometers, at ten o'clock you tumble into bed, 
but not to sleep. Not tired, just numb; not 
doubting, just wondering why you were too 
late, and why everybody waits until it is too 

Maybe I was too late? No, I was just the 
chauffeur. y 

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The Mensingers 

^ Africa Ahead! 

God has led a step at a time in 
the preparation and calling forth of 
Eddie and Linda Mensinger to mis- 
sionary service in Africa. With their 
educational background completed— 
including college and seminary for 
Eddie and nurses training for Linda, 
along with two years of experience in 
a home-mission pastorate— and the 
definite assurance that God has call- 
ed them to Africa, they now have all 
their efforts bent toward getting to 
the field as soon as possible. 

Though they were born and grew 
up in widely separated parts of the 
United States, the Lord was pre- 
paring them for each other and for 
His service. 

Edward Mensinger grew up on a 
small farm in Michigan, began at- 
tending the New Troy Brethren 
Church with his parents when he 
was very young, and accepted the 
Lord as his Saviour at a Sunday 
evening service when he was eight. 
During his high-school days he as- 
sumed definite responsibilities in the 
church, including the duties of youth 
leader, janitor, church secretary, and 
pianist. The Lord was speaking to 

Eddie about full-time Christian serv- 
ice, and it was in a district youth 
camp that he dedicated his life to 
ser\'ing the Lord wherever He would 

During his four years at Grace Col- 
lege, Eddie also found many oppor- 
tunities for practical Christian serv- 
ice. For two summers he served as as- 
sistant pastor in his home church. He 
went on to Grace Seminary, during 
which time he also pastored the Bar- 
bee Lakes Brethren Church. 

Linda Paden was reared in the 
town of Harrah, Washington. At the 
age of seven she received Christ as 
her Saviour, was baptized, and 
joined the Harrah Brethren Church. 
At a camp when she was nine she 
dedicated her life to the Lord's ser\'- 
ice to be used as He saw fit. Her 
graduation from White Swan High 
School was followed by two years 
at Grace College and three years at 
Methodist-Kahler School of Nursing 
in Rochester, Minnesota. She then 
received her B.S. in Nursing from 
Grace College. 

Eddie and Linda met in college, 
but much of their courtship had to 

be carried on over miles of separation. 
They were married in Harrah fol- 
lowing the end of Linda's nurses 
training and then spent a year to- 
gether in Winona Lake while Eddie 
finished seminary. Moving then to 
Arvada, Colorado, they took over that 
new home-mission work and spent 
two years there. 

In various ways God had been lay- 
ing Africa upon the Mensingers' 
hearts. The culmination came when 
Rev. Wayne Beaver delivered the 
closing message of the 1963 national 
conference in Winona Lake. 
Through this message the Holy 
Spirit spoke definitely to them about 
missionary service in the Central 
African Republic. They received 
their appointment at the 1964 na- 
tional conference. 

Brethren people now have another 
opportunity to back up a young 
couple who are "sold out" to serv- 
ing Him in a far corner of the world 
—the world which, though it would 
seem to be diminishing in physical 
proportions, is constantly growing in 
spiritual need. Part of the Mensing- 
ers' financial support has already been 
underwritten by certain church 
groups, and other groups are ex- 
pressing interest in the matter of 
their support. Their immediate need 
is funds for their outfit, and the 
transportation of their outfit and 
themselves to the field. They hope 
to go in the early spring. Missionary 
Outfit Clubs in local Brethren 
churches will be taking up their of- 
ferings for the Mensingers. 

Several copies of a slide-tape set 
presenting the Mensingers are avail- 
able. Write Brethren Foreign Mis- 
sions, Box 588, Winona Lake, In- 
diana 46590, giving several date pref- 
erences for a showing. Since it is 
impossible for these missionary can- 
didates to get into very many of the 
churches, this is an ideal way to meet 

Although the outfit appeal for Miss 
Margaret Hull went out several 
months ago, a number of churches 
have not availed themselves of the 
opportunity to show her slide-tape 
presentation. You are urged to write 
for a booking for this set even though 
you may already have finished receiv- 
ing her outfit offering. T 

January 9, 1965 

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Knowing Your Missionaries 

Dr. and Mrs. Floyd Taber left the USA 
for France in 1927. They were there nine 
years while Dr. Taber took all his medical 
training and prepared for service in Africa 
as a missionary doctor. It was December 
1937 when the Tabers arrived on the field 
to begin their missionary work. They live at 
the Boguila station, where the hospital and 
Medical Center are located, and are kept 
very busy — Dr. Taber with his medical work 
and Mrs. Taber with her teaching ministry. 


Back row, left to rioht: Beverlv Knepper, Penny Grimm, David 
Misner, Timothy Ringler, Dale Knepper, Kim Saylor, and Joyce 
Knepper. Front row, left to right; David Knepper, Charles Hum- 
berd, and Daniel Allen. 


These boys and girls are a part of the 
fine Missionary Helpers Club at York, 
Pennsylvania. They meet every Wed- 
nesday evening and are learning the 
names of all the missionaries. Their 
leader, Mrs. Ernest Ringler, says that 
they like to pray for the missionaries 
and are making their own prayer book- 
lets. After they hear a story from some 
mission field they draw a map of that 
field and write in the different mission- 
aries there. This helps the MH'ers to 
remember the missionaries better. 
Sounds like a good idea, don't you 














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The Aelligs — Francine and Gilbert — on their wedding day 

Swiss Wedding 
Unites Africa Workers 

The need for able personnel to 
teach in the French language in the 
mission schools of the Central Afri- 
can Republic has been largely solved 
through the past few years by utiliz- 
ing Swiss teachers. In the fall of 1962 
Mr. Gilbert Aellig was added to the 
staff already consisting of Mr. and 
Mrs. Jean-Louis Steudler and Mr. 
and Mrs. Pierre-Andre Waridel. Al- 
though Mr. Aellig was a single young 
man, it was well known that he had 
a fiancee back in Switzerland. 

In due course of time the young 
lady, Miss Francine Polo, was also 
approved by the Foreign Missionar}- 
Society to become a teacher in Africa. 
This past summer Gilbert returned 
to Switzerland after his two-year 
teaching term in Africa, and the long- 
awaited day for his marriage to Fran- 
cine finally arrived. 

The wedding took place on August 
15, 1964, in La Chaux-de-Fonds, 
Switzerland, the "home town" of 
both Gilbert and Francine. The set- 

ting was the auditorium of the Action 
Biblique assembly. In attendance 
were family members and friends 
of the couple. The ceremony was per- 
formed bv John James Dubois, pro- 
fessor at the Bible School, Geneva. 

In their own words, the couple 
tell of the event (translation by Dr. 
Orville Jobson): 

"For a long time this date had been 
encircled in red in our thoughts. 
Finally we realized that it was no 
longer just an imagination. That day 
arrived, but we did not yet realize 
all that was signified by the union 
of two lives. For the moment joy, 
emotions, preparations, expressions of 
love from our parents, and various 
gifts created supernatural surround- 

"The guests arrived at the home 
of the bride and expressed their 
congratulations. From there the pro- 
cession of cars took them all to the 
church for the <:eremony. The bride 
and groom, who entered first, had 
time to admire the decorations; flow- 
ers in bright colors, flags of the Cen- 
tral African Republic, no less color- 
ful, placed around a map of the 
world, a symbol of the spiritual need 
of all humanity. Two comfortable 
easy chairs helped the young couple 
to contain their emotions. 

"Following a prelude of music on 
the piano, violin, and guitar, the 
preacher delivered a Biblical message 
(based on the witness of Aquila and 
Priscilla) to the young couple. Then 
came the solemn moment to exchange 
vows before the standing congrega- 
tion. Following this, the preacher of- 
fered to the newly-married couple a 
luxurious white Bible containing in 
letters of gold the passages for medi- 
tation. Prayers of praise and music 
completed the service. The couple 
then left the church as the instru- 
ments played the national anthem of 
the Central African Republic. In 
the courtyard of the church the 
guests lavished their congratulations 
and took many pictures. 

"The families and guests were in- 
vited to a reception in a Swiss chalet, 
follo^\'ed by a feast where joy and 
singing dominated the evening." 

In October Mr. and Mrs. Aellig 
flew to Africa and are now residing 
on the Yaloke station, where both are 
teaching. ▼ 

January 9, 1965 

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By Mrs. Thomas Hammers 

National WMC President 

As my husband and I stand today 
on the threshold of an entirely dif- 
ferent way of life with the door wide 
open to a completely new opportun- 
ity, I ask myself these questions: 
"Why have we been chosen to travel 
through our Brethren churches as 
representatives of Grace College and 
Grace Theological Seminary? Why 
has God called my husband from 
more than 30 years in the pastorate 
to such a different responsibilitv? 
Why has He asked me to lay aside 
the duties of a pastor's wife, which 
I have loved for 29 years, in order 
to accompany my husband? We do 
not know the answers to all the 
"whys," but we do know God put 
peace in our hearts when we finally 
said "Yes" after weeks of saying "No" 
to His call. 

For us it was not an easy decision, 
for we felt somewhat as Abraham 
must have felt when God said to 
him: "Get thee out of thy country, 
and from thv kindred, and from thy 
father's house, unto a land that I 
will shew thee." Was not Fremont, 
Ohio, our country and were not the 
congregation our kindred in Christ? 
Was not the Grace Brethren Church 
our Father's house? Was there not 
work yet to be done and souls to be 
saved? But God had said, "Get thee 
out . . . and I will shew thee." Read- 
ing Genesis 12:4, "So Abram depart- 
ed, as the Lord had spoken unto 
him," I remembered Hebrews 11:8: 
"By faith Abraham, when he was 
called . . . went out." Submission 
came, and I praised the Lord for the 
lesson from His Word and prayed for 
the faith of Abraham to leave the 
familiar work and life and go out 
confident of His continual guidance 
and care. 

Believing God prepares us for 
every task to which He calls, I can 
now see as I look back through my 
life that He has been preparing my 
heart for this, though I had no knowl- 
edge of His working to this end. 

Life began in Pleasant Hill, Ohio, 
in the parsonage home of Rev. and 
Mrs. Charles H. Ashman, to whom 
the work of the Lord meant full 
dedication. My first example of a 
godly mother and pastor's wife was 

my own mother, who was respected 
and beloved by all wherever she 
served. My father completed college 
and seminary while caring for the ma- 
terial needs of a family, because he 
desired to follow the call of God to 
be a minister of the Gospel. Even 
though there were seven children in 
our family, one of whom died in in- 
fancy, the expectation of a college 
education was part of our future 
plans. We looked forward to it with 
anticipation. So it was that our par- 
ents helped finance 32 years of col- 
lege and seminary in order that their 
children might be prepared to do 
God's work wherever He should call. 
Two of us after college graduated 
from Ashland Seminary and two 
from Grace Seminary. I praise the 
Lord for parents whose vision and 
sacrifice, far beyond our realization, 
was sufficient that we might be 
trained for God's service. 

Nor were my college and semi- 
nary years wasted, for on Thanks- 
giving Day following seminary grad- 
uation I was united in marriage to 
Rev. Thomas Hammers of Johns- 
town, Pennsylvania, and went to 
Cleveland, Ohio, as a new pastor's 
wife to help in the establishment of 
a new Brethren church. Prior to the 
last five years in Fremont, Ohio, 
God called us to spend 24 years in 
home and district missions, working 
in two mission churches and starting 
two other new churches. Through 
these years He has taught us to walk 
by faith and not by sight, ever meet- 
ing new and unexpected opportuni- 

God blessed our marriage with two 
children, Janet and Dan, whose lives 
were committed to the Lord before 
they were born. If God would use 
them, we would do what was pos- 
sible to prepare them for Him. To us 
this did not mean just any college, 
but Grace College. Living in Seattle, 
Washington, in 1957 when Janet was 
ready for college, our desire was to 
enter her at Grace College even 
though she could have lived at home 
and attended any one of several 
schools in Seattle. The Lord had 
prepared our hearts to commit the 
training of our children at Grace to 
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had personally known through the 
years. In 1960 after graduation from 
high school in Fremont, Ohio, Dan 
entered Grace with Janet, who com- 
pleted her preparation to 'teach in 
June, 1961. Following two years of 
teaching, Janet was married to Odell 
Minnix from Roanoke, Virginia. To- 
gether they are serving Christ faith- 
fully in the Commonwealth Avenue 
Brethren Church of Alexandria, Vir- 
ginia. We have frequently been 
asked, "Wasn't it a waste of monev 
to send Janet through four years of 
college when she only taught two 
years?" How can it be waste when 
the very instruction received there is 
being used through her life in all of 
her responsibilities for her Lord? Dan 
received his B.A. degree from Grace 
College in 1964 and is now a student 
in Grace Theological Seminary. 

The education of our children has 
been accomplished in the same man- 
ner in which I received my educa- 
tion. God has shown how it could 
be done and in answer to prayer has 
supplied the needs. True, there 
have been few luxuries and few ma- 
terial treasures laid up, but we be- 
lieve that God's treasures laid up in 
the hearts of our children are of far 
more value and permanency. 

In recent years the burden has 
grown increasingly heavy upon us 
for the youth of our churches who 
are not given the opportunity to at- 
tend a Christ-honoring college such 
as Grace. We, as others, have become 
alarmed at the small number of 
young men and women who are 
willing to lay their lives on the altar 
of service for Christ. We are con- 
cerned at the great number of par- 
ents who are not willing to step out 
in faith for the college education of 
their children. God has proven its 
value to US; He has shown us it can 
be done. We have experienced His 
help and strength in the doing, and 
so we have answered His call to go 
as representatives of Grace College 
and Seminary to encourage young 
people to choose Grace and enlist 
adults to support Grace. We are 
thankful that God through the years 
has prepared us for this opportunity 
and rejoice in His promise that He 
will never leave us nor forsake us, 
for "He Is Faithful That Promised." 

Spiritual Health for the New Year 

Several years ago the New York 
journal American gave the following 
report: "The almost unanimous New 
Year's wish for 1959 is for good 
health. Men and women interviewed 
at random on New York City streets 
disclosed this common basic concern 
when asked the question, 'What do 
you want the New Year to bring 
you?' The answer of all but one per- 
son showed that the usual hopes for 
prosperity, peace and happiness, 
while frequent and important, varied 
according to the individual. But the 
wish for good health was almost 
universal. Everybody wanted it." 

As Christians, do we really desire 
good spiritual health above all else 
during the coming year? The Apostle 
John once wrote to Gaius, "Beloved, 
I wish above all things that thou 
mayest prosper and be in health, 
even as thy soul prospereth" (III 
John 2). If our physical health were 
to depend upon the degree to which 
our soul prospered, how sickly and 
weak many of us would be! In New 
Testament times, God sometimes did 
inflict physical weakness and even 
death upon Christians who refused 
to walk in His way ("For this cause 
manv are weak and sickly among 
you, and many sleep," I Cor. 11:30). 
Today, God apparently does not deal 
with Christians in exactly this man- 
ner, so it is quite possible that phys- 
ical health and well-being might 
deceive us into thinking that all is 
well with our soul. 

Spiritual Health Program 

If we are willing to devote time 
and attention to our physical health, 
how much more should we be will- 
ing to consult the Great Physician 
with regard to our spiritual growth 
and health? Particularly in the Old 
Testament, God introduced himself 
as the One who could provide spirit- 
ual healing to His people. David 
wrote these words by inspiration: 
"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and for- 
get not all his benefits . . . who heal- 
eth all thy diseases" (Ps. 103:2-3). 
And in a time of spiritual desperation 
he cried out: "Lord, be merciful unto 
me: heal my soul, for I have sinned 
against thee" (Ps. 41:4). 

Dr. Paul Adolph points out some 

By Mrs. John C. Whitcomb, Jr. 

Winona Lake, IndiaTia 

spiritual contaminants in his book, 
Health Shall Spring Forth. As we 
check through, we find a scriptural 
antidote for each one: ferfectionism 
as attempted through the energy of 
the flesh, Galatians 3:3; fear, anxiety 
and worry, Isaiah 41:10; bitterness, 
resentfulness and lack of a forgiving 
spirit, Luke 23:34; indecision and 
failure to discern God's will, Ephe- 
sians 5:17; and selfishness, John 13: 
35. There are many others that 
could be listed as we search our own 

One of the very last promises of the 
Old Testament was that Christ, the 
Sun of Righteousness, would "arise 
with healing in his wings" (Mai. 4: 
2). Through His wonderful work 
on the cross of Calvary, our Lord ful- 
filled the promise inherent in His 
name— "I am the Lord that healeth 
thee" (Exod. 15:26). 

{Continued on page 14) 

January 9, 7965 

Women's Missionary Council 

By Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

Glendale, California 

This family has entered into a new 
"era." It seems unbelievable that only 
four of its nine children are yet at 
home. The high school senior and 
junior have many interests in com- 
mon; notable among these is school 
loyalty. In fact, to be well-thought- 
of around here you'd better be a loyal 
fan of Hoover High— or else. 

Paul, the senior, plays in the band; 
Althea is on the drill team. This 
means they are at football games 
nearly every Friday night during the 
game stison. By the time they've 
checked their uniforms for nothing 
less than perfection, eaten dinner and 
left the house to be at the school by 
6 p.m., their mother is ready to call 
it a day. But she can't. The two 
youngest are home and have an en- 
tire evening free from school work. 
They need a change of pace and 
some extra parental attention. This 
we like to give them while we can 
since we know they'll be leaving the 
nest all too soon. 

On an evening of rare freedom. 
Daddy took the sixth- and eighth- 
graders to a "home" game. (Actually, 

they were more interested in seeing 
their older brother and sister perform 
than they were in the game.) For 
Mother, this was an evening long to 
be remembered. I sat in a comfort- 
able armchair and began to cogitate. 

For a few moments I had diffi- 
culty believing I didn't have to an- 
swer to or for anyone for three or 
four hours. I reveled in the luxury. 
Little by little I "unwound." Here 
was one time I did not have to act 
the part of a lady of leisure; I could 
be one for a few hours. 

Then I reminisced. Somehow, it 
seemed like only yesterday when 
Friday nights were family nights and 
all the children were home. There 

would be popcorn and apples, stories 
and/or a choice radio or television 
program; perhaps a delightful trip 
to the store en masse, all 1 1 of us. 
Then as the youngsters grew up, 
their interests became divergent and 
their horizons reached out beyond the 
immediate family circle. Now Bob 
is with the Lord, four are married 
and away from home, and the four 
at home are straining at the bit to 
grow up and go their ways. 

Next, I prayed. Dear Father, no 
matter where they are, how young 
or old, quiet or noisy, I'll always love 
them and be interested in them. For 

(Continued on page 15) 


Mr. Albert W. Balzer 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui. Central African Republic 
Christopher Alan Ball 

B. p. 13, Bozoum via Bangui. Central African Republic 
Mrs. C. B. Sheldon 

Mission a N'Zoro, Bocaranga via Bangui. Central African Republic 

Miss Evelyn Schumacher 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Kenneth Paul Churchill 

Almafuerte, F.C.B.M., Prov. Cordoba. Argentina. S. 

Mrs. Hill Maconaghv 

Quintana 353. Adrogue.' F.C.G.R.. Argentina, S. A. 

Janet Sue Zielasko 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 

James Melvin Zielasko 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem. Para. Brazil 

March 1 

March 3, 1952 

March 21 

March 27 

March 5, 1947 
. . March 21 

March 8, 1961 
March 17, 19S5 

March 27 

March 12 
March 20 

Beckie Maurita Fogle . March 17, 1948 

5, square de la Source, Franconville (S. et O.) France 

Mrs. Thomas T. Julien 

Chateau de St. Albain par Fleurville (S. et L.) France 

Rev. Edmund M. Leech 

98-404 Ponohale Street, Waimalu, Alea. Oahu. Hawaii 

Rev. Foster R. Tresise 

95-303 Waioni Street. Wahiawa, Oahu, Hawaii 

Lorraine Marcella Edmiston March 4, 1957 

519 Sunset Lane, San Ysidro, California, USA 

Ruth Elaine Dowdy March 26, 1959 

5864 Teal Lane, El Paso, Texas 79924 

Joel Eric Dickson 

Box 1103, Hato Key, Puerto Rico 

Mrs. Maxwell H. Brenneman 

Box 10144, Caparra Heights, Puerto Rico 

Mrs. S. Wavne Beaver 

3060 Hope Street. Huntington Park. California 

Norman Alan Hoyt March 7, 1963 

Route 3, Warsaw, Indiana 

Barbara Jean Miller March 18, 1951 

737 North Hart Road, Modesto. California 

Paul Marvin Goodman March 25, 1951 

305 North 13th Street, Sunnyside. Washington 

March 14, 1961 
March 28 

March 2 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

Women's Missionary Council 

1964-1965 WMC Birthday Missionary Biography ... 


"Are you Mary?" The lady at the 
American Embassy in Paris was 
examining the young missionary's 
passport. Taken off guard by the 
other's apparent friendliness, the mis- 
sionary answered brightly, "Yes." A 
strange look came over the embassy 
worker's face and she repeated her 
question, receiving the same answer. 
She tried a third time, and sud- 
denly Miss Mary Cripe discovered 
the question she was being asked 
was really: "Are you married?" 
Hastily she explained her misunder- 
standing, to the amusement of the 
others present. And, she admits, "I 
was so befuddled that when she 
asked the country I was from I said 
'California'! I got to Africa anyway!" 

Mary Elizabeth, the first child of 
Mr. and Mrs. John Cripe, was born 
in Sutter County, California. After 
Mary, the home was blessed with 12 
more children, all but two of whom 
are still living. "Daddy loved every 
one," reports this oldest daughter, 
"and declared that his children were 
his riches. One aunt maintained that 
she could hear Daddy, as he rocked 
me to sleep, singing as loudly as he 
could, 'He Arose.' An unusual thing 
was that this aunt lived a quarter- 
mile away." 

Alary attended ten different gram- 
mar schools because her father's work 
required that the family move often. 
"I remember one time crying bitterly 
because I had to leave some girl- 
friends, but I always found others. 
My father never saw a stranger and 

I guess some of this rubbed off on 
me." Mary's fondest memory of those 
years concerns the annual summer 
trips they used to take to certain 
spots in the Sierra Madre mountains. 
Despite her travels in many places 
since that time, she still thinks that 
scenery is some of the most beautiful 
she has ever seen. 

To attend one high school for all 
four years was Mary's privilege and 
she graduated from East Nicolaus 
(Calif.) High in 1942. World War 

II was causing jobs to be plentiful. 

Mary went to stay with an aunt and 
worked in a bank in Modesto for a 
while. Then when her family moved 
to Modesto, she lived with them and 
worked as a telephone operator. This 
continued for two years. "I enjoyed 
it very much," she reports, "and ex- 
pected to stay there the rest of mv 

But God had different plans for 
Mary. Although her parents were 
themselves godly Christians and were 
concerned for their children, their 
own denomination seemed to be lack- 
ing somehow. Then when the familv 
moved to Modesto, "the prayers of an 
aunt for our familv began to ma- 
terialize." In fact, it is told that one 

of the people at the La Loma Grace 
Brethren Church, where this aunt 
was a member, had previously rebel- 
led, saying, "I'm tired of praying for 
the Gripes," because over a period of 
five years the family's name had been 
mentioned in every prayer meeting 
of that church. God in His faithful- 
ness, at His time, answered these 
prayers, and within three weeks nine 
Cripe children had accepted the Lord 
in that church. 

Although she then drank in all she 
could get of spiritual instruction and 
church meetings, Mary realized her 
need of definite Bible teaching. The 

fall of 1945 found Mary, her new 
friend Mary Beth Munn, and an- 
other girlfriend who later became 
Mrs. Martin Garber (all three friends 
later had the privilege of serving 
together in Africa) enrolled in the 
Puget Sound School of Evangelism 
in Tacoma, Washington. "I'd never 
been away from my home state be- 
fore, so this was a real venture. I 
looked hard as we left California for 
Oregon," says Mary. It was just the 
beginning of the traveling which in 
ensuing years would take her to many 

That year was a high spot in 
Mary's life as she lived with Chris- 
tian girls, learned more of God's 
Word, and experienced answers to 
prayer. Child Evangelism interested 
her greatlv as she remembered her 
own childhood fears of hell and knew 
she could have been led to the Lord 
at an early age. She and Mary Beth 
spent a summer in Child Evangelism 
work on the Olympic peninsula of 
Washington, Mary Beth's home area. 
Then from relatives of Mary Beth 
they learned there v\'as a real need 
for Child Evangelism teachers in 
Buffalo, New York, so off they went 
to Buffalo for a year. A class of 
Negro girls there gave Mary her first 
taste of the work she would later do 
in Africa. 

Then, in a missionary rally at a 
Youth for Christ camp that year, 
Mary surrendered her life for foreign 
missionary service. Again she felt a 
need for more training. Two years 
at Grace Seminary ensued. While 
she was there, she says: "Dr. Bar- 
nard returned from his trip to Africa 
and showed pictures and told of the 
need— the call was given and I heard. 
So, September of 1949 saw Mary 
Beth Munn and me, along with five 
other missionaries, sailing for France. 
The study of French came hard for 
me, but I was determined to get it 
as well as I could." 

Mary arrived in Africa in the sum- 

(Continued on page 14) 

January 9, 1965 


Women's Missionary Council 


By Mrs. Randall Maycumber 

(Missionary on furlough) 

It was a glorious fall morning; 
the leaves sparkled before me— some 
yellow, red, orange; others maroon 
or brown. I breathed deeply, want- 
ing to absorb and hold it all in my 
memory. My car was like a well- 
trained steed; that too was satisfying. 
After driving in Brazil, both car and 
road were sheer luxury. 

I was approaching my destination, 
a small town nestled in small hills. 
The early morning dew still lay on 
the lawns, but it was a fall morning 
and the promise of winter was about 
me in the air. As I approached the 
main intersection— isn't it comfort- 
ing the way you always know where 
"Main Street" is in a small town?— 
I turned left, slowed down, and 
reached for my files. Thumbing 
through them I searched for a cer- 
tain one. Oh, yes, here it is. Now 
let's see, what was that number?— 
302 South Main, above the dime- 
store. Once inside the store I asked 
for Mrs. Brown. Yes, she lived up- 

I opened the cold-looking door, 
climbed the stairs, and knocked. A 
woman opened the door and I said, 
"Good morning! I'm Mrs. Maycum- 
ber, from the Common Pleas Court, 
Divorce Investigator." Yes! my rou- 
tine work is this— divorce investiga- 
tor. My day may include office in- 
terviews, or traveling miles to inter- 
view and gather facts. But it always 
includes people who are experi- 
encing crisis, who are troubled and 
confused. Some days, after hours of 
interviewing, I feel just like the ocean 
sponge. I like this job because I like 
people. Many times I've prayed for 
those with whom I speak, but in 
many divorce cases a multitude of bit- 
ter things have closed forever the 
door to forgiveness and reconcilia- 

Lou Ann, now nine, and I man- 
age to keep each other going when 
my workday and her school day are 

over. How hard it is for our family 
to be cut in parts! But we all three 
know how important this year is. It 
is necessary to let the churches know 
what God has done in Brazil and 
how He needs young people to take 
up the challenge. 

Some days are different; for in- 
stance, there is the early morning 
excitement of getting ready and driv- 
ing some five hours, or two hours, 
to speak to WMC women about 
Brazil— my first love. These days, 
I think, are the most precious and 
my memory will long hold them. 

My day is never the same. It 
changes, though it always begins 
with my thoughts turned unto Him. 
How exciting to know that each day 
is different; it may bring tears or 
jov and both can be laid at His 
precious feet. My day is His day, that 
He might use this vessel to pour 
forth His love to the lost. 

When I take the day for myself 
without first presenting it to Him, 
the Creator of days, it has little mean- 
ing for eternity. 

Lord, take this day my day. the day you 

have given me. 
And use its moments to win some lost soul: 
Not a soul far across the sea, but my 

neighbor I can see. 
I would not by self crush its beauty. 
For though storm, or wind, or rain may 

In my day I see the beauty of my Saviour's 


Spiritual Health for . . . 

(Continued from ■page 11) 

If we lack spiritual health, there- 
fore, it is not because God is un- 
interested or unable to supply it to 
us. The fault is entirely our own. All 
we need to do is to come to Him in 
believing prayer, ask Him to give us 
spiritual health, and obey His pre- 
scriptions as set forth in the Word 
of God. 

In the physical realm, proper eat- 
ing habits and adequate exercise are 
basic ingredients for good health. 
This is also true in the spiritual 
realm. With what kind of food do 
we feed our souls? The only diet 
that the Great Physician has ever 
guaranteed is the milk of the Word 
(I Pet. 2:2). The ingredients of this 
heavenly food are guaranteed by God 
to produce growth in His people. 

The food of Holy Scripture enables MarV Cripe 
the man of God to be "perfect (ma- 
ture), throughly furnished unto all 
good works" (II Tim. 3:17). Other 
Christian literature, to the extent 
that it reflects the teachings of God's 
Word, is likev\'ise of great importance 
to our spiritual health. In a world 
filled with error and confusion, the 
Christian needs to "watch his diet." 

Exercise is also essential for phys- 
ical strength. Muscles that are never 
used soon wither awav. Likewise, in 
the spiritual realm, we must exercise 
our God-given gifts, whether it be 
for the blessing of other Christians 
or for touching the lost with the mes- 
sage and claims of Christ. Our Lord 
strongly rebuked the disciple who 
laid up his pound in a napkin and 
refused to use it for the blessing of 
other men and for the glory of God 
(Luke 19:20). T 

(Continued from page 13) 

mer of 1950. Her work on the field 
has included teaching African nurses, 
helping in the dispensary work and 
in girls' work and various other en- 
deavors. She has served on five dif- 
ferent mission stations, most recently 
at Boguila, where the Medical Cen- 
ter is located. 

On furlough at present. Miss 
Cripe is scheduled to return to Africa 
late next spring to begin her fourth 
term of missionary service. "Through 
the 15 years since I left the States, 
I have been happy in the work of 
the Lord," she says; "and even though 
I am still 'Mary' and not 'married,' I 
am glad the Lord called me and has 
used me." — Marcia WardellT 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

Women's Missionary Council 

Northern Ohio ¥MC Rally 

A beautiful Indian summer day 
near the end of October found 150 
WMC members and their pastors 
busily threading their ways through 
northern Ohio's perplexing super- 
highways and city streets hunting for 
the Cuyahoga Falls church. Even- 
tually all, including National Presi- 
dent Mrs. Thomas Hammers, arrived 
and the opening prayer session began 
only 15 minutes late. 

Mrs. Mary Coleman, the prayer 
chairman, was in charge of this ses- 
sion. Using the 44th chapter of Ezek- 
iel, she presented the idea that serv- 
ice to God's house and His people is 
good, but a much higher service is 
ministry to God himself. This we can 
do whenever we worship. At every 
church service, God alone is the 
listener. All worshipers are presenting 
their homage to God. 

Dinner tables were beautifully 
decorated with fall flowers. Favors 
were pins in the shape of an Afri- 
can's head since the quarter's project 
was books and supplies for a book- 
store in Africa. A potluck dinner was 

The afternoon session opened with 
the singing of choruses led by Mrs. 
Sue DeBeer and accompanied by 
Mrs. Carol Carothers and Mrs. Peggy 
Mellinger. Mrs. Shirley Burke played 


Please note the new address for 
Mrs. Thomas Hammers, WMC presi- 

President — Mrs. Thomas Hammers, Box 326, 
Winona Lalce. Ind. 

First Vice President (Project), Mrs. Leslie 
Moore, Box 87, Sunnyside, Wash. 

Second Vice President (Program). Mrs. 
William H. Schaffer. 215 Arthur St., Kit- 
tanning, Pa. 

Secretary, Mrs. Jack Peters. 241 Bryan PI., 
Hagerstown, Md. 

Assistant Secretary, Mrs. Williard Smith, 
400 Queen Street, Minerva, Ohio. 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Robert 
Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave.. Winona Lake, 

Literature Secretary, Mrs. Benjamin Hamil- 
ton, Box 701, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Editor, Mrs. Norman H. Upbouse, R.B. 3, 

Warsaw, Ind. 
Prayer Chairman, Miss Elizabeth Tyson, 

105 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake, Ind. 
SMM Patroness, Mrs. Ralph HaU. R.R. 3, 
Warsaw. Ind. 

a piano arrangement of "Master, the 
Tempest Is Raging." 

A new feature of the business ses- 
sion was the promise that the presi- 
dent of the council having the largest 
proportion of members attending 
would have her silhouette made by 
Mrs. Helen Smith. After roll-call 
the president, Mrs. Opal Laubender, 
announced that Akron Ellet Senior 
Council was the winner. Mrs. Mil- 
dred Robinson came forward and all 
the ladies watched intently as Mrs. 
Smith made her likeness. The meet- 
ing continued. Our national presi- 
dent made her farewell, telling us 
that she was leaving our district be- 
cause she and her husband have 
agreed to travel for Grace College 
and Seminary. 

Three new pastor's wives were 
introduced, Mrs. Irvin Miller of 
Norton Center, Mrs. Daniel Eshel- 
man of Findlay, and Mrs. Edward 
Wingard of Danville. Projects for 
the coming year were reported: the 
new Columbus work in January; half 
the offering for the missionary resi- 
dence and half for Dryhill, Kentucky, 
in April; Grace College science de- 
partment in July; an offset printing 
plant for Mexico in October. Sud- 
denly the president announced that 
there had been a recheck and Norton 
Center was the winning council. So 
their president, Mrs. Donna Stair, 

came forward, and the ladies watched 
as Mrs. Smith made her silhouette. 

Mrs. Debeer and Mrs. Sandra Hol- 
singer opened the devotional program 
by singing, "Jesus Alone." 

Mrs. Randall Maycumber was the 
speaker of the afternoon. She spoke 
happily of her first term as a mis- 
sionary, saying that Brazil, the 
"awakening giant," is a thrilling 
place to work. She told of beautiful 
flowers growing like weeds and de- 
licious fruits, including one, not an 
apple, that makes convincing apple 

Using Hebrews 10:24 for a text, 
she urged us to consider one another 
to provoke unto love and to good 
works. She told how the Brazilian 
church members follow this admo- 
nition, counseling other members and 
working to reach the lost. She spoke 
of the difficulties in the work and 
the comfort of kno\\'ing that people 
at home are praying, but also of the 
great rewards. The WMC ladies meet 
twice a month, having one work 
meeting and one devotional. Formerly 
their Bible studies were translated, 
but now native pastors are writing 
their own discussions on the same 
theme we have. They are very earnest 
about prayer on the 15th of each 
month, having a special burden for 
Mexico. Sisterhood girls, also much 
interested, meet every week. All these 
eager workers have brought some- 
thing close to revival to Macapa, 
Brazil. T 

—Mrs. Lucile Smith 

Under the . . . 

(Continued from page 12) 

the sake of Thy testimony on earth 
and their part in it and for their 
spiritual joy and success, I'll always 
be more concerned that they make 
a life than that they make a living 
according to the standards of 
mammon. Let them be concerned 
about this, too. May they and their 
mates count it all joy to serve Thee 
with no thought for the temporal 
things of this life. May they never 
forget they have "Just one life, 'Twill 
soon be past; Only what's done for 
Christ will last." 

Out of the intense silence that 
pressed in upon me, like Job of 

old I both felt and heard the pres- 
ence of God. "There was silence, 
and I heard a voice . . ." (Job 4:16). 
Walking with the Lord has taught 
me that God not only breaks through 
silence to give comfort, peace and di- 
rection, but "out ... of the thick 
darkness, with a great voice" (Deut. 
5:22). I need not fear the troubles 
that cover me as thick darkness, for 
He will break through. I realized a 
new reason for Thanksgiving in this 

Small wonder, then, that my soul 
burst into song: "Oh, to grace how 
great a debtor. Daily I'm constrained 
to be. Let Thy goodness like a fetter. 
Bind my wandering heart to Thee." 

January 9, 1965 


Women's Missionary Council 

From the Diary of a Bible 

Jan. 15—1 have been resting quietly for a week. The 
first few nights of the New Year my owner read 
me regularly; now I've been forgotten, I guess. 

Feb. 2— Clean-up day! I was dusted with some other 
things and put back on the shelf. 

Feb. 7— My owner used me for a short time looking up 
some references and then vv'ent to Sunday school. 

Mar. 7—1 have been dusted today and placed on the 
center table in the sitting room. Special com- 
pany has been here but now I am back on the 
shelf again. 

Apr. 2— Busy day! My owner led a devotional lesson 
and had to look up some references. She had 
quite a time finding me and then she hunted and 
hunted to find the references she wanted. She's 
not very well acquainted with me, you see. 

May 5— I'm here in Grandma's lap. She is here on a 
visit. A tear dropped on Colossians 2:5 to 7. 

May 6— I'm in Grandma's lap again this afternoon. She 
has spent most of her time reading I Corinthians 
13 and the last four verses of the 15th chapter. 

May 7, 8, 9— I've been in Grandma's lap each of these 
afternoons; I'm there now. It is such a comfort 
to be appreciated, loved, and held tenderly. She 
reads me part of the time, and then she just 
sits and talks to me. 

Mav 10— Grandma's gone, and I'm back in the same 
old place. She kissed me before she left. 

June 4— Had a couple of four-leaf clovers tucked away 

between mv lea\'es today. 
July 1— I've been packed away in a trunk today with 

some other things. They are off on a vacation, I 

Julv 7— I'm still in the trunk. 
July 10— I'm still in the trunk, 'though nearly everything 

else has been taken out. Other things first, I guess. 
July 15— Well, I'm home again, and back in the same 

old place. Quite a journey we had; but I can't see 
- why thev took me— I was not out of the trunk 

while we were gone. 
Aug. 1— Rather stuffy and hot. Two magazines, a novel 

and an old hat on top of me. I wish they would 

take them off. 
Sept. 10— Clean-up day! I was dusted and put back. I'm 

lonesome— wish Grandma would come again. 
Sept. 12— Mary used me for a few minutes today. She 

was writing a letter to a friend whose brother 

had died and she needed a suitable verse to quote. 
Oct. 5—1 was carried to church on Rally Day and held 

up to be counted. I'm glad to be used even that 

Dec. 31— Tomorrow I expect each member of the family 

will open me at random and find a verse— motto 

of the year. Suppose the finger should rest on 

John 5:39? 

— Dr. William Riley Nelson, Log 

If your Bible could talk, what would it have to soy? 



Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor 

MOELLER, Mrs. Esther, a faith- 
ful member of the First Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, Pa., went to 
be with the Lord on Dec. 9. She vi'as 
the mother of Kenneth and Robert 
Moellcr and Mrs. Bill Figert, of Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind. 

James C. Sweeton, pastor. 

PETERS, Mrs. Alice, died Oct. 
30. She was the mother of Rev. 
Jack Peters, pastor of Calvary Breth 
ren Church, Hagerstown, Md. 

RICE, W. H., went to be with 
the Lord on Dec. 7. He was the 
husband of Mrs. Louella Rice and 
father of Mr. James Rice, both mem- 
bers of the Commonwealth Avenue 
Brethren Church, Alexandria, Va. 
John J. Burns, pastor. 

GARBER, Frank, went to be with 
the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 26. Mr. 
Garber, who lived 99 years, was a 
member of Leon Brethren Church, 
Leon, Iowa. He was the father of 
Miss Angle Garber, Mrs. George 
Cone, Sr., Mrs. Earle Peer, and Mrs. 
Raymond Gingrich. 

Glen Welborn, pastor. 

WEED, Mr. John, 86, died of a 
heart attack on Dec. 2 at his home in 
Milledgeville, 111. He was a member 
of the First Brethren Church of 
Sunnyside, Wash. Mr. and Mrs. 
Weed provided a foster-home for 
Marguerite Cribble, daughter of 
pioneer missionaries Rev. and Mrs. 
James Cribble, during her school 
years. Memorial services were con- 
ducted in the Milledgeville First 
Brethren Church with Rev. Arthur 
H. Tinkel in charge. Mrs. Weed has 
gone to California for an extended 
\isit with Rev. and Mrs. Harold 
(Marguerite Cribble) Dunning. 

WILSON, ]ohn S., died suddenly 
on Dec. 7. Mr. Wilson was a mem- 
ber of First Brethren Church, Johns- 
town, Pa. James C. Sweeton, pastor. 

SIGNER, Walter, 78, departed to 
be with Christ Nov. 30. He had 
been a faithful member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Fort Lauderdale, 
Fla., since his conversion two and 
one-half years ago. His testimony ap- 
peared in the Herald in 1963. 

Ralph J. Colburn, pastor. 

MARTIN, Charles E., 97, was 

promoted to heaven Nov. 21. He was 

a former member and officer of First 

Brethren Church, Waynesboro, Pa. 

Robert Crees, pastor. 

DELL, Lester, left this life Dec. 
5. He ^vas a member of First Breth- 
ren Church, Johnstown, Pa. Memo- 
rial services were conducted by Rev. 
James C. Sweeton, pastor of the 


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Marie's eyes were big with sur- 
prise and awe as she walked into the 
mission school dormitory. The little 
Navajo girl had never slept on beds 
like these before. Her hogan was 
one room, and it was made out of 
mud and was round. Marie was some- 
what frightened, but she knew she 
must stay for her parents had already 
left in the wagon. 

That night Marie got ready for 
bed. She examined with curiosity 
each new item. There was a tooth- 
brush, a comb, two barrettes, and a 
pair of pajamas. Why, she had al- 
ways slept in her skirt and blouse at 
home. Oh, and that dress they had 
given her -it was awfully short. She 
always wore her skirts down near 
her ankles! 

Then came time for bed and the 
nice white woman began to talk from 
a black book called the Bible. Marie 
did not understand her language; 
however, she heard one word about 
which she had been told, the word 
"God." Shima (mother) had told her 
not to listen to anything that the 
white man told about his God. So 
she covered her head and went to 

Next morning Marie awoke early, 
as was her custom. Soon the dorm 
mother came in and spoke to the girls. 

January 9, 7965 

One of the older girls told Marie 
what to do. She put on the short 
dress and then made her bed with 
helpful instructions from her older 
friend. One of the girls from the big 
girls' dorm came down to fix her 
hair in braids. Such rushing around 
Marie had never known. Soon she 
was in line for breakfast. She had 
never seen such food. Up to this time 

Mrs. Malles 

she had never prayed before she ate, 

Marie went to school that day and 
tried her best to please the white 
teacher. After several days or weeks 

By Mrs. William Malles 

she began to learn English. She be- 
gan to understand the songs in chap- 
el, the things said during Bible study 
classes, the Bible stories and devo- 
tions before bed. She began to won- 
der if it was so bad to learn about a 
God who loved her. She learned that 
this God had more power than the 
medicine men. She gradually became 
aware of bad things she had done 
in her life. The missionaries called it 
"sin." She wanted to know more 
about this God who sent His Son to 
die for her sins and could take them 
away. The missionaries had said 
something about becoming a child of 
God and of a King. She had learned 
what a king was in school. In the 
Bible studies the teacher said Jesus 
was a King. Could she possibly be- 
come one of His children? If only 
she could become a child of the King! 
So Marie decided to give her heart 
to Christ, the King of kings. 

She learned that after becoming 
a child of God, she did not have to 
fear evil spirits. Marie is a typical 
little Navajo girl; however, there are 
many other girls and boys at the 
Brethren Navajo Mission who still 
are not children of the King. You 
can help them find Jesus as Saviour 
by praying for them and by giving 
to the needs of the mission. T 


Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 

1964 SMM Girl of the Year 


Osceola, Indiana 


Offerings taken during 
December, January, and February 

Operating expenses of the National SMM 
are quite high! 

Postal expenses — 

Office supplies — 

Love offerings — 

Offerings to help pay the way for 
the national SMM officers who at- 
tend national conference — 

Help Keep Our National 
SMM Out of the Red! 




What have the SMM girls been 
doing the past few months? 

Sisters, under the leadership of Mrs. 
Ruth Wear, portrayed Bible women 
in a Sunday morning worship serv- 
ice. Dolls representing these women 
were made, the best ones being made 
into a placard for display at national 

WARSAW, IND. Little Sisters 
of the Community Grace Brethren 
Church held their October meeting 
at Hillcrest Manor Nursing Home. 
Dressed in Halloween costumes, 
they sang, praj'ed, and recited their 
memory verses. 

Their biggest project for this year 
is gathering pictures and helping to 
make cloth books for the Sunday 

girls from all the churches of Michi- 
gan attended a fine fall rally. The 
day was one of spiritual blessing and 
recreation. They decided to give, as 
a district project, a three-piece lug- 
gage set to the Eddie Mensingers, 
who are going to Africa. 

For a Christmas project the girls 
placed wall plaques, Christmas cards, 
and candy in decorated coffee cans 
for some of the older people of the 


Vice President — Ruth Ann Rogers, Route 
2, Duncansville, Pennsylvania 

Secretary — Janice Campbell. 1100 East 
Eighth Avenue. Johnson City, Tennessee 

Literature Secretary — Sandra Bums, c/o 
Brethren Youth Council, Box 365, Winona 
Lake. Indiana 

Devotional Program Chairman — Mrs. Thom- 
as Inman. 590 S. Dale Court, Denver, 


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PRAY for a successful beginning 
of the second semester in both col- 
lege and seminary Jan. 18. 

PRAY for great spiritual blessing 
at the Grace Bible Conference dur- 
ing the week of January 25. 

PRAY for the students who have 
financial difficulties. 

PRAY for a minimum of disci- 
plinary problems during the remain- 
der of the school year. 

PRAISE God for the many vic- 
tories already enjoyed this school 


PRAISE God for the two home- 
mission churches of Lancaster, Penn- 
sylvania, and Westminster, Califor- 
nia, going self-supporting January 1 
and for others planning to make the 
announcement during the year. 

PRAY for the new officers and 
committees in Brethren home-mis- 
sion churches assuming new responsi- 
bilities for 1965. 

PRAY for Dr. L. L. Grubb, the 
moderator of the 1965 conference, 
in the preparation and plans for hold- 
ing the conference in California this 

PRAY for the Navajo Mission 
Boarding School, that during the 
second semester each boy and girl 
will accept Christ as his personal Sav- 

PRAY for revival in every home- 
mission church during 1965. 


PRAY that our girls will start the 
year 1965 witnessing for their Lord. 

PRAY for all the patronesses and 
assistant patronesses in your particu- 
lar church. 

PRAY that many of our SMM 
girls will go into full-time service for 

our Lord, especially on the mission 


PRAY that our WMC women will 
have the desire to be district SMM 
patronesses. This would relieve busy 
pastor's wives. 

PRAY that the east district ladies 
will reach their project goal at the 
spring rally. This will mean that we 
must double our offering. 

PRAY that we also shall reach our 
spiritual goals this year. 


PRAY for the ministry of Ron 
Thompson in Sunnyside and Top- 
penish, Washington, during January. 

PRAY for the ministry of the soul- 
winning film "Just a Stranger." 

PRAY for the offering of Evan- 
gelism Sunday, February 28. 


PRAY for the youth leaders in our 
churches that they will be constantly 
strengthened by our Lord. 

PRAY that the youth of our fel- 
lowship will seek the will of God in 
preparing for future service. 

PRAY for the various ministries of 
the council: publications, instruction, 
and challenge. 

PRAY that we may know the mind 
of the Lord in making all plans for 
both National Youth Week and na- 
tional vouth conference. 

PRAY for the workshop ministry 
of Ken Sanders. 


PRAISE God for His blessing at 
Jardin Mission in the Tijuana, Mex- 
ico, area. Pray for continued growth 
in this work. 

PRAY for the radio ministry in 
Argentina and for an effective follow- 
up program. 

PRAISE the Lord for the good re- 
sponse to the children's meetings at 

the Chateau in Central France. 

PRAY for God's blessing and 
guidance on the Brazil national con- 
ference and the field council meet- 
ings, both being held this month. 

PRAISE God that the doors for 
preaching the Gospel are still wide 
open in the Central African Repub- 
lic. Pray that this freedom will con- 


PRAISE God for the many dedi- 
cated laymen in our churches who 
daily seek to do the will of the 

PRAY for the laymen's scholarship 
recipients pictured in this issue, that 
the Lord v\'ill bless each one during 
these years of preparation. 

PRAY for the men of the southern 
Ohio district as they seek to re- 
activate their laymen's organization. 


PRAY that all new workers be- 
ginning in January may have fruit- 
ful ministries in Sunday school. 

PRAY for a vital faith to believe 
we can "Double in This Decade." 

PRAY that Brethren Sunday 
schools may conserve gains made in 
recent months. 

PRAY that there might be im- 
provement in every Brethren Sun- 
dav school in 1965. 

PRAY that our Sunday schools 
ma\' bear the financial burden of our 
Brethren Sunday School Board. 


PRAISE the Lord for His mani- 
fold blessing upon the varied minis- 
tries of the Herald Company during 
the past year. 

PRAY for an increase in Herald 
magazine subscription renewals 
throughout our fellowship during 
this new year. 

PRAY for the extensive literature 
crusade being conducted by our 
Brethren missionaries in Argentina, 
which has been made possible 
through the Herald Company's free 
literature program. 

January 9, 1965 



Galen Lingenfelter, of Elyria, Ohio, 
accepted the call to be the new pas- 
tor at Calvary Brethren Church. He 
began his ministry here Dec. 6. 

HAIFA, ISRAEL. Brethren pastor 
Scott Weaver and his wife spent a 
week in Israel on their way home 
after an evangelistic tour of our 
Brethren mission stations in Central 
African Republic. In addition to see- 
ing many places of interest in the 
Holy Land, they were able to visit 
Damascus in Syria. 

girl was born to Rev. and Mrs. Rob- 
ert Kern on Oct. 19. Beth Ann 
weighed six pounds, seven ounces. 
Rev. Kern is pastor of Third Breth 
ran Church here. 

1 1 Shimer E. Darr, pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church here, was 
ordained to the Christian ministry. 
Rev. Victor S. Rogers, former pas- 
tor of the Jenners Brethren Church, 
under whose ministry Brother Darr 

was saved, delivered the ordination 
message. Other pastors who parti- 
cipated in the service were: Rev. 
Kenneth E. Wilt, Jenners, Pa.; Rev. 
True L. Hunt, Uniontown, Pa.; Rev. 
Paul L. Mohler, Grafton, W. Va.; 
Rev. Robert L. Burns, Aleppo, Pa.; 
Rev. William H. Snell and Rev. 
Roy E. Kreimes, Meyersdale, Pa.; 

and Rev. Max DeArmey, Listie, Pa. 
Shimer Darr attended Grace College 
and graduated from Grace Seminary 
in 1961. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Jim Lowden, 
a WMBI correspondent who has 
been in Russia, recently spoke at 
First Brethren Church and showed 
pictures of his findings behind the 
Iron Curtain. G. Forrest Jackson, pas- 

ing their mid-week prayer service on 
Dec. 9, the congregation of West 
Homer Brethren Church surprised 
Pastor and Mrs. Holmes with a gen- 
erous food and kitchen shower. 

Nov. 1 1 Rev. Howard Snively, pas- 
tor of First Brethren Church, ten- 
dered his resignation; he will termi- 
nate his ministry on Jan. 10, 1965. 
Rev. Snively has accepted the call 
to pastor the Harrah Brethren 
Church at Harrah, Wash. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. Rev. Ralph 
Hall, a former pastor of Riverside 
Brethren Church, was the guest 
speaker here Sunday evening, Dec. 
13. Don Rough, pastor. 

NEW TROY, MICH. Congratu- 
lations to Mr. and Mrs. Dean Straub, 
who celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary on Dec. 6. They are 
members of New Troy Brethren 

RITTMAN, OHIO. Rev. Charles 
W. Turner, pastor of First Brethren 
Church here, left Jan. 3 for a tour 
of our Brethren mission stations in 
South America. He will be present at 
the Brazilian national conference. 


and Mrs. Lewis Hohenstein, 14706 
Danbrook Dr., Whittier, Calif. 
90604. Rev. and Mrs. Robert Addi- 
son, 3747 Monroe St., Riverside, 
Calif. Please change Annual. 

LEON, IOWA. A special anni- 
versary service was held recently in 
honor of the 50th anniversary of the 
Leon Brethren Church. A brief his- 
tory of the church was read. Special 
speaker for the service was Rev. 
Lynn Schrock, missionary from 
Argentina. Glen Welborn is pastor. 

CANTON, OHIO. The Grace 

Brethren Church here had a harvest 
dinner on Nov. 29 in honor of their 
missionary from Argentina, Rev. 
Solon Hovt, who preached at both 
the morning and evening services. 
Jack Wyrtzen was another recent 
speaker here. John R. Dilling, pastor. 

NEW TROY, MICH. Gerald L. 
Kelley, pastor of the New Troy 
Brethren Church, was ordained to 
the Christian ministry here on Nov. 
26. Rev. John Aeby, pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Waterloo, 
Iowa, delivered the ordination mes- 
sage. Other Brethren pastors who par- 
ticipated in the service were: Rev. 

Charles Flowers of Alto, Mich.; Rev. 
Russell Sarver of Hastings, Mich.; 
Rev. J. Ward Tressler of Lansing, 
Mich.; Rev. Gilbert Hawkins of 
Jackson, Mich.; Rev. Simon Toroian 
of Lake Odessa, Mich.; Rev. Charles 
Lawson of Berrien Springs, Mich.; 
and Rev. Earl Funderburg of Trout 
Lake, Mich. Rev. Gerald Kelley is 
a graduate of Bob Jones University, 
and in 1961 he graduated from Grace 
Theological Seminary with the B.D. 

tianity and Communism" was the 
theme of a recent conference at the 
Winona Lake Brethren Church. Rev. 
R. Wayne Snider, professor of history 
at Grace College, who traveled ex- 
tensively behind the Iron Curtain in 
1963, presented four lectures, which 
he illustrated with slides. Charles 
Ashman, pastor. 

AKRON, OHIO. Al Wilkes, 
Akron Youth for Christ director, 
conducted the youth fellowship meet- 
ing and the evening service at Fair- 
lawn Brethren Church on Dec. 6. 
He was assisted by the local Youth for 
Christ Ensemble. Vernon J. Harris 
is pastor. 


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NEW TROY, MICH. The 12th 
annual district conference of Michi- 
gan Brethren churches was held at 
New Troy Brethren Church Nov. 
26 to 28. Dr. James Beyer spoke on 
the prophetical theme, "Behold, He 
Cometh." Rev. C. A. Flowers, of 
Alto, Mich., was the moderator. A 
high point of the conference was the 
night 72 Brethren shared in a three- 
fold communion service. A district 
youth conference was held in con- 
nection with the district conference 
for the first time. Mr. Ken Sanders, 
of Winona Lake, Ind., presented two 
workshops for the youth. Indoor 
swimming and gym activities were 
an added attraction of the conference. 
There were about 30 young people 

ORLANDO, FLA. The new 
Grace Brethren Church here held 
its first regular prayer meeting on 
Dec. 3, with three families present. 
Sunday services were begun Jan. 3 
at the First Federal Saving and Loan 
Auditorium. Send all possible con- 
tacts for this work to: Rev. Huey 
McFarland, 6003 Chenango Lane, 
Orlando, Fla. 

DENVER, COLO. On Nov. 8, 
Rev. Edward Mensinger, missionarv- 
elect to Africa, was ordained to the 
Christian ministry at the Grace 
Brethren Church here. The ordina- 
tion message was delivered by the 
local pastor, Thomas Inman, and 
the charge by Pastor Robert Salazar 
of the Albuquerque (N. Mex.) Grace 
Brethren Church. Other pastors par- 
ticipating were Robert Whited of 

First Brethren Church, Cheyenne, 
Wyo.; Dayton Cundiff of Grace 
Brethren Church, Beaver City, Nebr.; 
Clarence Lackey of First Brethren 
Church, Portis, Kans.; Bill McKillen 
of Arvada Grace Brethren Church, 
Arvada, Colo., and Paul Eiselstein 
of the American Sunday School 

On Sunday evening, Nov. 22, a 
"Bon Voyage" service was held at 
the Denver church in honor of the 
Mensingers. Presentations were made 
by all the Sunday-school departments. 
Over $600 in gifts and money was 
presented to the Mensingers to help 
with their missionary outfit. Thomas 
Inman is pastor. 

Grace Brethren Church here has 
been holding Sunday services since 
Nov. 1 in the Ridgewood Recreation 
Center, Largo, Fla., and in Pastor 
K. E. Richardson's home, 10780 64th 
Ave., N., Largo, Fla. Any Brethren 

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visiting in the area this winter are 
in\'ited to contact Brother Richard- 

NOTICE. The 14th Annual Grace 
Bible Conference will be conducted 
by the Grace Seminary Alumni As- 
sociation Jan. 25 to 29. Rev. Dean 
Fetterhoff will speak to the seminary 
each morning at 8 a.m. (26-29) on 
evangelism; Rev. John Aeby will de- 
liver the L. S. Bauman Memorial 
Lectures at 9 a.m. daily, followed by 
Dr. William Kerr of Buffalo, N. Y., 
at 10:30 a.m. and also 7:30 p.m. The 
opening message on Monday night 
will be delivered by Rev. Fetterhoff. 



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January 9, 1965 






--The Sin 



When Moses struck the rock of 
Meribah in anger (Num. 20), he 
was denied the privilege of going 
into Canaan with his people. In a 
previous issue (Nov. 14, 1964) we 
suggested three practical lessons to 
be drawn from his experience. We 
pointed out first that we must not 
seek right ends by wrong means; 
second, that we must never do more 
than God commands; and third, that 
precedent is not always a safe guide 
to follow. We would now suggest 
four more lessons from the same ex- 
perience in Moses' life. 

First, there is a lesson in type. 
Christ onlv had to be smitten once, 
in order to provide the blessings of 
salvation for mankind. Somehow the 
rock before Moses stood, like the 
sacrifices of the tabernacle, as a fore- 
shadowing of the Christ who would 
someday provide the final sacrifice 
for sin. I Corinthians 10:4 seems to 
be alluding to this rock, and there 
it says, "That Rock was Christ." I 
don't profess to know how much of 
all this Moses knew, any more than 

I know how much the Israelites knew 
of the deep meaning of their sacri- 
fices; but if anyone knew, it should 
have been Moses, the leader. 
Whether he knew all of the symbol- 
ism or not really doesn't matter, for 
he knew what his orders were. 

The other time at Horeb (Exod. 
17:6) God had told Moses to smite 
the rock. This time he was only to 
speak before it. I believe this teaches 
us a most important truth. If the 
rock symbolizes Christ, then we are 
reminded that, unlike the repeated 
sacrifices of Israel, He had to be 
smitten only once. There is no need 
for any further sacrifice of our Lord. 
When He died upon the cross. He 
said, "It is finished," and He meant 
that the whole sacrificial system was 
finished. When Moses struck the 
rock again, he was indicating that the 
first smiting was not sufficient. This 
is the chief objection we Protestants 
have toward the Catholic observance 
of the Mass. Its meaning suggests 
that Christ needs to be sacrificed 
again and again, when the book of 
Hebrews plainly tells us (10:12) that 
the glorious difference between 
Christ's sacrifice and the sacrifices of 
Old Testament priests is that Christ's 
sacrifice was once and for all. It 
never needs to be repeated. 

What, then, do we need to do 
when we stand in need before the 
Lord? The answer is shown us in the 
command of God to Moses. This time 
he was only to speak to the rock, not 
strike it. When we need forgiveness 
from the Lord, when we need help 
of any kind, we do not need to bring 
a sacrifice, nor do we need to receive 
a fresh sacrifice from the Lord. We 
only need to speak to the Lord. This 
is the wonderful privilege of prayer 
which belongs to the Christian. The 
Rock, which was Christ, had to be 
smitten only once. Now we need 
only to speak to the Lord and He 
hears us. 

The second lesson we may learn 
from Moses' experience is this: God's 
blessings are not completely with- 
held because one man acts wrongly. 
Moses sinned on this occasion, but 
the water flowed in spite of his sin. 

I know that we often point to 
the story of Achan, whose sin caused 
the army of Israel to lose a battle, 
and we point out that it takes only 


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one person to bring defeat to a 
whole group. This is sometimes true, 
but it is also true that God never 
punishes all His children simply be- 
cause one or two are disobedient. In 
the case of Achan's sin, only 36 men 
were lost in the battle, and it may 
well be that these were guilty of 
collusion with Achan in his sin or 
were guiltv of some other sin for 
which God was punishing them. But 
Israel went on to win the battle 
later. Just because one man acts 
wrongly, we should never assume 
that God cannot therefore send His 
blessing to His people. Moses was 
disobedient; but the people were 
thirsty, and God gave them water. 

How often have we heard the 
complaint that there are hypocrites 
in the church! Some have even 
pointed to the faults of the church's 
leaders— faults that may be serious 
or may only be imaginary— and have 
charged that since the members of 
the church are not perfect, therefore 
God's blessing can never be upon 
the church. 

Such a criticism is, of course, usual- 
ly only an excuse for lack of faith- 
fulness on the part of those who 
make it. But it still deserves to be 
answered. What if the church we 
have attended experiences a real 
scandal of some sort? What if some- 
one we have trusted and admired as 
a Christian disappoints us terribly 
and does something that is shocking? 
Does this mean that we should 
necessarily expect the whole church 
to lose its chance of revival? Can 
re\'ival not come where one or two 
are displeasing to the Lord? If this 
were true, M'e might never expect 
revival. The truth is, God blesses His 
church in spite of the disobedience 
of individual members of His church. 
He dealt with Moses about his sin, 
but this did not prevent His sending 
water meanwhile to Israel. 

We ought never to take the atti- 
tude that as long as so-and-so is here, 
God can never bless. One man can- 
not hinder God's blessing on a whole 
group unless God chooses to let His 
people learn a temporary lesson, as 
in the case of Achan and his sin. 
Purity and spirituality are important, 
especially in the leadership of God's 
people. But in the all-too-frequent 
cases where human leadership fails 

us, we need not despair. The Lord 
may still send His blessing to us if 
ire are faithful. He proved this to 
His children by the waters of Meri- 

Now consider a third lesson; Sins 
of tenifer are serious in the sight of 
God. Moses' sin was largely one of 
temper. He couldn't resist calling the 
people "rebels" and when he struck 
the rock twice, it was in anger. 

Later he might have argued that 
he acted without thinking, so why 
should God punish for that? But the 
severity of the punishment shows us 
that it is no small thing for a man 
to let his temper boil over. Many 
folks admit to having uncontrollable 
tempers. But there is no such thing 
as an uncontrollable temper. God can 

By Rev. Wendell E. Kent 

Pastor, Washington Heights Brethren Church 
Roaiwke, Virginia 

control anything, including our tem- 
per. Manv folks defend their tempers 
bv sa)'ing, "At least I get over it in 
a hurry." That is no excuse. Moses 
got over his temper tantrum too, but 
he still lost the privilege of entering 
Canaan. A cannon explodes in a 
moment and then all is quiet again, 
but during that brief moment it can 
cause a great deal of damage! The 
temper can also cause a great deal 
of damage in a short period of time 
if it is not controlled. 

When the Apostle Paul was pre- 
paring to visit Corinth, he wrote to 
the church members there saying: "I 
fear, lest, when I come, I shall not 
find you such as I would." He goes 
on to say that he is afraid he will 
find debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, 
backbitings, whisperings, swellings, 

tumults" (II Cor. 12:20). These are 
all sins of temper, and they are 
listed before the sins of passion, 
v\'hich are usually ranked as the 
worst of sins. It is obvious from 
Paul's attitude and from the punish- 
ment given to Moses that a bad tem- 
per is no mild trait of personality 
that we can consider ourselves to 
have been born with and thus can 
do nothing about. God holds us 
responsible for sins of the temper. 

Finally, I would have you observe 
one more very important lesson from 
Moses' experience. It is the lesson 
that God expects im-plicit obedience 
to His commands. We have said be- 
fore that one of the sins of Moses 
v\'as to do viore than God had com- 
manded. I believe also there was the 
sin of thinking that exact obedience 
is not very important as long as the 
general idea is carried out. After all, 
Moses stood before the rock. He also 
spoke. Even though he didn't carry 
out everv detail of his orders, couldn't 
it at least be said that he obeyed 
the spirit, if not the letter, of the 
law? And yet God was displeased, 
and Moses was punished. 

There was the same situation when 
Uzzah touched the ark and died (II 
Sam. 6:6-7). He knew the command 
not to touch it, but didn't the 
"present situation" cancel out the 
exactness of the law? Uzzah found 
out that God demands implicit obe- 

When Naaman, the leper, was 
told by the prophet to wash in the 
Jordan seven times, he at first wanted 
to argue that any river would do. 
But God had said the Jordan, and 
only the Jordan would do (II Kings 

Fundamentalists in general and 
Brethren in particular are often 
chided for too much attention to de- 
tail. We are asked: "Why not relax 
your position on inspiration a little? 
Why insist on a threefold commun- 
ion service and a triple immersion? 
Why don't you join forces with the 
ecumenical movement?" The answer 
is, we believe God means what He 
says. And to do anything less than 
that is to disobey Him. Moses learned 
that it mattered what he said and 
what he did before the rock. It still 
matters that we obey the Lord's 
commands. ▼ 

January 9, 1965 



Yes, No, 
or Maybe 

By Rev. William F. Tweeddale 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Lancaster, Pemisylvania 

When in high school I was taught 
with the rest of my class that evolu- 
tion was true. Although it was called 
a theory, it was presented as fact; 
and in order to be thoroughly con- 
vinced, all I had to do was to go to 
the Museum of Natural History in 
New York City. There I could see 
with my own eyes the progression of 
man from a little one-cell organism 
through various stages right up to 
present-day man. In this series I saw 
a replica of the "Piltdown Man" and 
was awed by the horrible appearance 
of this fellow. He was something 
like a modern day "monster," half 
man and half ape. Upon seeing this 
"man," all I could do was bow my 
knee to the dictates of my biology 
teacher and admit that evolution 
must be true. 

But what about this fellow called 
the "Piltdown Man?" Where did he 
come from? What was his origin? 
Where did the scientists receive the 
information they needed to construct 
such a magnificent creature? The 
discovery was made in southern Eng- 
land by a noted scientist whose name 
was Charles Dawson. What was 
found was actually only a part of the 
skull. The date for this being must 
be placed, according to the very best 
dating, at about 100,000 to 500,000 
years ago, give or take 50,000 years. 
Since this find was so rare, it must 
be kept under lock and key in a 
museum in London. 

However, just in recent years our 
own Smithsonian Institute of Wash- 
ington, D. C, went to work with the 

care of an F.B.I, agent and came up 
with this conclusion: "Careful 'de- 
tective' work done by Dr. J. S. 
Weiner and others revealed that 'the 
lower jaw and the canine tooth are 
actually those of a modern anthro- 
poid ape, deliberately altered (filed 
dov\'n) so as to resemble fossil speci- 
mens.' The faker had cunningly 
'fossilized' the jaw and teeth by 
staining them a mahogany color with 
iron salt and bichromate." 

Think about this for just a mo- 
ment. The science that I learned as 
a boy was a complete hoax. What 
was presented as truth was not only 
false but actually a fraud. Still there 
are, no doubt, some who would say 
that it is old fashioned to believe 
the Genesis record: "God said. Let us 
make man in our image, after our 
likeness" (Gen. 1:26). 

With your modern know-how you 
are going to begin a career in modern 
anthropology. What tools will you 

need to prove your lofty scientific 

First, vou will need an old jaw- 
bone; any kind will do. Why don't 
you use the old jawbone of a donkev^ 
You would have a rich find. 

Secondly, you will need a "little 
knowledge" as to what kind of being 
you are looking for and want to 

Thirdly, you will need a sharp file; 
the kind that could be used by a pris- 
oner who would like to cut his wav 
out of jail would be just fine. 

You will also need a bottle of 
iodine; it is much less expensive than 
the concoction used by Dr. Dawson. 

Out of the bone you can create 
the jaw of an ancient man. Your 
name will be published abroad, and 
if the safe is strong enough, no one 
will discover your hoax until another 
generation has passed off the scene. 
Bv that time you will be dead and it 
will not matter anyway. ▼ 


Home Missions and Grace Schools Issue 

estminster Brethren Go Self-Supporting 

Brethren Home Missions 


By L L Grubb 

The New Year 

What will be new in 1965? Many important things! 

It %vill he a year of new ofporUmity for the National 
Fellowship of Brethren Churches. As we survey last 
year's national statistics, we praise God for His blessings. 
But surely we could have done more in both home 
and foreign missions and in all other areas of our fellow- 
ship's endeavor. Adding a net membership gain of 657 
in a whole year should stimulate us to take an inven- 
tory. Why didn't we achieve greater gains? The answer 
seems clear. We did not take full advantage of our op- 

Yet these opportunities will increase in 1965. Between 
three and four million babies will be born this year, 
adding to our alreadv burgeoning population of about 
193 million. The world population is now over three bil- 

Our basic job is to reach these people with the Gos- 
pel of Jesus Christ. This necessitates a high degree of 
Christian teamwork and cooperation among Brethren 
people and among the churches. How many of our 
members consistently give a personal testimony for 
Christ? How manv of our churches wholeheartedly sup- 
port each aspect of the fellowship's program? Last year 
our per capita giving was $183.19. This compares with 
the Free Methodist Church, the highest of all, at $358.17. 
The Seventh Dav Adventists gave $250.28 per member. 
This record is not exactly coordinate with our claims for 
practical orthodox}'. If Christianity is good for us, whv 
don't we do more about telling others? Always there is a 
direct ratio between the numerical growth of a denomina- 
tion and the weight of the personal testimony of its 
members. Statistics do tell a story. If the 27,469 mem- 


Pastor Robert Thompson, 
Westminster, California, 

proclaiming the "Good 
News" and, in addition to 
the Gospel, the good news 
that the church is self-sup- 


Volume 27, Number 2 
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bers of the NFBC serve as the Lord directs this year, 
the story will be different. 

This will he a year of new hlessings from God. Jere- 
miah says: "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not 
consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are 
new every morning: great is thy faithfulness" (Lam. 3:22- 
23). The God who blessed in 1964 is ready to increase the 
flow of his blessing in 1965 under the right spiritual cir- 
cumstances. We need these blessings. Last year's grace 
will not suffice for this year. The church of Jesus Christ 
need never be bankrupt spiritually. God's "tellers" are 
always ready to pay out. 

Pressures on the true church will increase for compro- 
mise with the world and social forces. If she is to main- 
tain her proper spiritual temperature, she must have 
special, daily grace from her Lord. Obedience to the 
Word of God, submission to the direction of the Holy 
Spirit for service, a complete reliance on Christ to do 
the work through each believer will be necessary. 

It should he a year of new spiritual experience and 
growth in grace for the Christian. Peter commands: 
"Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and 
Sa^'iour Jesus Christ" (II Pet. 3:18). We expect to see 
our children grow each year. God also expects His 
children to grow each year, in fact, so much so that He 
commands them to do so. Physical growth is the result 
of a normal biological process, but spiritual growth is the 
result of obedience. This obedience generates spiritual 
exercise, using what we already know and seeking 
after new truth. Practicing Bible study, prayer, and wit- 
nessing makes stalwart Christians. It proves the truth 
of God's Word and stimulates faith. The holy life is 
best achieved through this growth. If each year does 
not produce additional spiritual growth in God's child, 
he becomes stunted and abnormal and cannot acceptably 
serve his Lord. The new year affords the impetus and 
opportunity for this greater spiritual growth. 

It cojtld he a year when helievers are translated to 
their new home in heaven. This would be the crowning 
blessing of all. 

At no other time in history has the stage been more 
perfectly set for the rapture of the church, the bride of 
Christ. Nothing but the perfect timing of God now 
delays our Lord's return. The world is in turmoil and 
confusion. Men are literally tearing each other's flesh. 
Anarchy and rebellion against authority are the order 
of the day. Apostasy increases year after year so that the 
true mission of the church is virtually lost in her secular 
pronouncements and activities. The nations are facing 
a nuclear holocaust which could decimate the human 
race. Our own nation, which is the last hope of the world 
for gospel evangelization, moves farther away from God 
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Brethren Home Missions 

December 8, 1954 




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Thank you again fnr 
Yours for * 

greater outreach. 

January 23, 1965 

Brethren Home Missions 





By L L. Grubb 

Brcthicn people plus Brethren home missions and 
some Brethren ehiirch pioneers plus the direetinn, 
pnnision, and grace of Christ eipKil a selt-siipportin'^ 
Brethren ehurch. 

The congregation and pastor in Westminster, Cali- 
fornia, would be first to sa\' that they have a church 
toda\' mainlv because many thousands of Brethren 
people pra\ed, gave their mone\- through Brethren 
home missions, and loaned their money through the 
Brethren In\estment Foundation. 

However, it was the personal, \ ision of 
the pastor, Robert Thompson, which began and con- 
tinued to stimulate the processes which resulted in 
the starting and de\elopment of this fine church. 
Pastor Thompson sa\s, "I believed the Lord was lead- 
ing me to start a church, and I believed He would 
meet all the needs." And Me hasl 

For some months, five families met with the Thomp- 
son family in an old house owned by the state. This 
was possible only after the pastor's faniih' had tapped 
their personal sa\ings for SI 80 to pay the first and 
last month's rent on the house. Such material de- 
termination and faith in Cod must be rewarded. It 

The church joined the Brethren home-mission fam- 

\\\ and in a short time was assisted in the purchase of 
a fine two-acre church site, which now has been par- 
tialK' de\eloped with the new building, a fine parking 
lot, and landscaping. Faithful members of the church, 
both men and women, joined the pastor day after da\' 
in giving manv hours of labor during construction ol 
the building. In addition, offerings continued to in- 
crease to the level where the church became self 
supporting January 1, 1965, This means assuming an 
additional financial burden of SI 50 per month on 
the pastor's salary— a genuine step of faith. .All build- 
ing payments are also assumed by the church, together 
with all current expenses. 

Mere is another strong, well-established local ehurch 
unit in the National Fellowship of Brethren Churches 
which has been made possible directly by the con- 
centrated resources and teamwork of Brethren people 
through Brethren home missions. 

We heartily congratulate Pastor Thompson and his 
fine congregation for their faith, lovaltv to the Lord, 
and plain hard work in this achievement. 

And we praise Cod, the source of nil blessings, for 
making this new church possible, Llltimateh and 
primarily it is Mis victon' and an honor to His blessed 

Westminster Brethren Go Self-Supporting 

By Robert W. Thompson 

How does one put on paper the 
many things to be told in the develop- 
ment of a home-mission Brethren 
church from its inception to the day 
it becomes self-supporting? How does 
one tell of the discouragement and 
delays as well as the blessings that 
are involved in such an undertaking? 
Obviously, the entire story can never 
be told, but for His glory, we should 
like to relate some of the highlights 
in the progress of the Westminster 
Brethren Church. 

Beginning with about five families 
in August, 1959, the work has moved 
ahead with a steady increase until 
now there are consistently over 250 
meeting each Lord's Day for wor- 
ship. As is the case in most of our 
Brethren churches, our church began 
in the humble facilities of a small 
house in the city of Garden Grove. 
Almost at once, it became apparent 
that the Lord's blessing was upon the 
work, and plans were laid for the 
purchasing of property suitable for a 

permanent church site. Originally, 
our purpose was to build in the city 
of Garden Grove; but after a fruit- 
less search for a suitable site, it was 
decided to enlarge our field, and sub- 
sequently a desirable location was se- 
cured in the neighboring community 
of Westminster, where the church 
now is located. 

The providential direction of the 
Lord in this selection was not ob- 
served immediately, but in a short 
time the advantage was visible in the 
many homes being built around the 
newly-acquired property. 

Desiring to conserve as much of 
the Lord's money as possible, the 
small congregation voted to move the 
services to the new site immediately. 
For our group, the excitement and 
promise of being on our own 
"ground" more than offset the in 
convenience of the inadequate fa- 
cilities. Surely the Lord has a special 
reward for the church's hardy pio- 
neers, who so faithfully attended the 
services in spite of the discomfort. In 

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Top down left: Westminster Brethren Sun- 
day-school officers: beginner department 

(Virginia Miller, Linda. Thompson, and 
Luana Ladd, teachers): primary class (Mar- 
lene Roach, teacher) ; and junior depart- 
ment. Above: Kindergarten department 

(Charlene Taylor, teacher). 

some parts of the world, there would 
be no incongruity in wearing over- 
shoes in church, but I assure you 
that the Chamber of Commerce 
would never admit that such a thing 
could happen in "sunny California." 
However, we were thankful at all 
times for whatever facilities the Lord 

This robust new congregation soon 
found our plywood chapel too small 
for its services. The people began 
praying for a new building. An archi- 
tect was engaged and the financial ar- 
rangements were worked out with 
the Brethren Investment Founda- 
tion. A special "stake-driving" service 
was held on Sundav, December 30, 
1962, and the manv friends of Breth- 
ren home missions gathered from all 
over the district for a special ground 
breaking service. The excitement and 
glamour of building a new church 
soon were dulled in the face of many 
adversities and disappointments, but 
the faith of the people never wavered. 
In spite of the manv unforseen ex- 
penses that arose in connection with 
propertv improvement, the new fa- 
cilities were completed within a few 
dollars of the original estimated cost. 
On September 29, 1963, the finished 
building was dedicated. The congre- 
gation laid aside its saws and other 
building tools and began to wield 
the hammer of God's Word. The 
sounds of building an edifice have 

January 23, 1965 

Brethren Home Missions 

diminished, but the building of the 
spiritual church has continually in- 

Though rejoicing in the comfort, 
beauty, and usefulness of the new 
facilities, the words of the Psalmist 
ring clearly in our ears: "Except the 
Lord build the house, they labour 
in vain that build it." From January 
1, 1965, it has been determined that 
no further assistance will be received 
from the Brethren Home Missions 
Council. The total responsibility of 
caring for the financial needs of the 
church will be met solely by the con- 

We thank each member of the 
National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches for vour prayers and gifts 
through the Minute-Man appeal and 
the Brethren home-mission offering 
in helping to make our church pos- 

We covet ^'our pra\'ers as we mo\'e 
into another phase in the develop- 
ment of another Brethren testimony 
in the needy area of southern Cali- 
fornia, where the population of Los 
Angeles county is now seven million. 

Junior high boys; Mr. Dave Shargel. teacher. Junior high girls: Dianne McDowell, teacher. 

Ten of the mothers with their babies. 

Money invested in these accounts will not only be 
available for the schooling of the children, and for other 
needs, but it will also help in the Lord's work. 

Perhaps vour church, or some department of it, 
could follow the example of Mrs. Inman and adopt 
some plan to help the foundation raise funds. 

A glance at the figures on the right will show how 
money deposited in the foundation for the college edu- 
cation of children will increase in 18 years. 


Starting Early 
To Save in 
the BIF 

Mrs. Tom Inman, superintendent of the 
cradle roll of the church in Denver, Colo- 
rado, has a policy of opening a savings ac- 
count in the foundation for each new baby 
enrolled in her department. So far. 26 
such accounts have been opened as gifts. 



each month 






$ 5.00 













Open your savings account or make your investment today. 


INFORMATION TODAY Box 587, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

Brethren Home Missions 


Information Please! 

Our Bible class has one object in 
view: to cause people to think about 
and consider the claims of Jesus, the 
Messiah. It is never easy to determine 
the effect of our messages upon those 
who attend the classes. However, 
interest is usually indicated bv 
questions concerning the content of 
the message and related subjects. 
This is the reason for our time of 
fellowship at the conclusion of the 
message. During this time we serve 
light refreshments; in this atmosphere 
of warmth and informality, questions 
are put to the mission staff, giving 
them further opportunity to present 
the Gospel of salvation. 

However, questions never come 
from those whom we first feel will be 
most interested. Manv times those 
persons will resent questions and 
even try to stop them. This some- 
times happens in the class, but more 
frequentlv it happens when we are 
bringing people to the meetings or 
taking them home afterward. We 
have one such member in one of our 
groups. He has been responsible for 
bringing many members into the 
class. He is always present at the 
meeting. He is our best advertiser. 
But when One of the other people 
asks a question, he comments on its 
foolishness or tells the questioner to 
be quiet. 

Recently, as I v\'as driving some 
of this group home after one of our 
meetings, a woman member asked, 
"Why does God expect us to bring a 
sacrifice for our sin?" Immediately 
Mr. S— said, "Be quiet! This is a 
foolish question. Mr. Button does 
not have time for foolish questions." 

Quickly I replied, "No question is 
foolish if it is asked in sincerity. 
Some questions might appear foolish 
to those v^'ho know the answer. Once 
I asked this same question, and I am 
glad the person I asked did not think 
me foolish. Instead, he told me God 
required a sacrifice for my sin be- 

cause only in that way could I under- 
stand how bad sin is in God's sight. 
Jesus, the Messiah, had to give him- 
self as my sacrifice if I wene ever to 
be forgiven, for God had said: 'It 
is the blood that maketh an atone- 
ment for the soul.' Jesus ^vanted to 
be my atonement!" 

For the remainder of that trip I 
was able to witness concerning the 
blood of Jesus Ghrist, God's Son, 
which cleanseth from all sin. And 
needless to say, Mr. S— has been 
rather quiet concerning "foolish 
questions" since then. No, question; 
seldom come from those we feel will 
be the most interested. But they do 
come from interested people. 

Mr. K— has become a member 
of this same Bible class. At first 
he would only attend one of our 
monthly day meetings, which are 
designed to gain the interest of the 
person and then direct him into one 
of the evening Bible classes. While 
Mr. K— enjoNed being in our home, 
he steadily refused our invitation to 
come to the evening Bible class. 
Then one day he requested that he 
be called for and taken to the eve- 
ning Bible class. After this he became 
a regular member. He seldom missed 
a class. He listened intendy. He 
seemed to enjoy being there, but he 
never asked any questions. We 
really didn't expect him to do so. 
It was enough that he was there. 
Still, we couldn't help wondering 
whether we were "getting through" 
to him. 

Then one evening, after the mes- 
sage and during our time of fellow- 
ship around the coffee and cake, he, 
too, asked a question concerning 
man's sin and the need of sacrifice. 
His question was answered. Since 
that time we have had a constant 
stream of questions from this man. 
And they are good questions, ques- 
tions which get to the heart- of man's 
real nature, his fall, his selfishness. 

By Bruce L. Button 

his wicked heart. These questions 
give us the opportunity to present 
again and again the blessed Saviour, 
Jesus, the Messiah, as man's only 
hope. And they indicate the intense 
interest of Mr. K— in the gospel 
message. These questions indicate 
that our messages are striking home 
\\'ith these Jewish people. Yes, 
questions sometimes come from un- 
expected sources. But they do come 
from interested people. 

Mr. B— has been a member of this 
Bible class since its beginning. He 
misses only one session each year, 
and he does this because of a com- 
pulsory meeting of his union. He 
gi\'es his undivided attention to the 
message. He enjoys the music and 
the hymns we use in our meetings. 
He always makes it a point to thank 
us for having him at the gathering. 
And while he listens intently as we 
give answers to the questions of 
others, still, he has never asked even 
one question about anything he has 
heard at any meeting. We have been 
concerned about Mr. B— . Why was 
he coming? Was it because of the 
"loaves and fishes"? Or was it because 
of his interest in the Bread of Life? 
He answered this question for us 
during a discussion. As we talked 
with him, he told us it was hard 
for him to ask questions. 

"I don't know why it is, but I just 
can't seem to bring myself to ask a 
question," he said. "But with all the 
other questions that are asked, my 
questions are always asked by some- 
one else and you answer them, and 
I don't have to say anything. This 
doesn't mean I'm not interested. I 
am interested, really interested, even 
though I don't say much." 

Yes, there are interested people 
who remain quiet and simply listen. 
And their interest encourages you 
to preach the Gospel, to answer ques- 
tions, and to wait for the moving 
of the Spirit. ▼ 

January 23, 1965 

Brethren Home Missions 


Teeter, pastor). Last Sunday (Dec. 
13) in Sunday school, our "Christ- 
mas Gift for Jesus" offering amount 
ed to $309. It was designated for 
the building debt. We have been 
having first-time decisions, decisions 
for baptism, and decisions to join the 
fellowship of the Gay Street Brethren 
Church. A baptismal service was held 
December 27 for a number of can- 
didates. Our church has voted to help 
support a missionary child. 

GALION, OHIO (Alva Conner, 
pastor). On November 29 we bap- 
tized eight people and on the fol- 
lowing Sunday received 13 new 
members into the church. This brings 
our membership to 40, doubling it 
within the year. The church re- 
ceived locally a total of $432.72 for 
the Minute Man offering. 

DRYHILL, KY. (Marvin Lowery, 
pastor). The Christmas play pro- 
duced bv Miss Evelyn Fuqua was 
presented in the chapel and also at 
the courthouse of Hvden, Kentucky. 

cial). Sacramento, California, has 
been accepted as a Brethren home- 
mission church, and the Minute Men 
are being alerted to an expected call 
for help. 

Editorials . . . 

(Continued from pcige 2) 

each year with no indication of an\ 
change. Yet it is at such a time the 
Scriptures say Jesus will come. What 
a blessed anticipation! 

For the Christian the new year is 
one of hope, blessing, growth, and 
service. He is never downcast or dis- 
couraged but always recognizes the 
sovereign will and purpose of God. 
He is a vital working unit in God's 
great plan as the Father directs. 
When he stands before the judgment 
seat of Christ, his rewards will make 
his earthly service seem eminenth 

In the last analysis the new year 
will be largeh' what we allow God 
to make it for and through us. ▼ 

One New Class 
Doubled Sunday 
School Attendance 

By Herman H. Hein, Jr. 

We arrived on the field at 
Kokomo on July 1. Our first Sun- 
day to serve the church was July 
5. Sunday-school attendance was 
65. After obser\'ing the activities 
of the Sunday school and visiting 
the classes in the weeks to follow, 
the pastor and Sundav-school 
superintendent, John Hetrick, be- 
gan to evaluate the possibilities of 
starting a young adult class with 
ages ranging from 18 through 30. 
We called a Sunday-school board 
meeting to help us decide the fu- 
ture of our Sunday school in this 
matter. In the course of the meet- 
ing, we agreed on the new young 
adult class. Looking by faith to 
the results of such a move, we 
bought velvet curtaining to divide 
the downstairs classrooms. We de- 
cided to start five new classes and 
make our Sunday school a com- 
pletely graded one. The Lord 
marvelously supplied the needed 
teachers. Men and women alike 
helped to install the curtaining in 
time to begin on September 25. 
The big day came to start this new 
young adult class! 

The day dawned clear with a 
beautiful sunrise. We had a po- 
tential of seven who attended 
fairly regularly. We had three 
others in Grace College, \^'ho 
came home occasionally. We had 
let a number of people know of 
this new class. We had much an- 
ticipation. Who showed up? One 
regular meviher and three college 

What a let-down! What should 
we do? We decided to go on. The 
pastor, who was the teacher of 
this class, the superintendent, and 
a few teachers v\'hose classes \yould 
be affected by the young adults, 
went out calling. The pastor made 
13 calls that first week and the 
people not a few. On October 4 
we waited for results. Only six 

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showed up— more disappointment. 
What should we do now? More 
calling seemed the only answer. 
On October 11, we had' 12. With 
still more calling, on October 25 we 
had 20 and on November 15, 25 
present. December 13 we reached a 
new high of 32. 

What happened in the rest of the 
Sunday school? All the classes from 

149 for the first two Sundays in 
December with 156 on December 
13. On November 15, we broke the 
old record attendance of 158 by hav- 
ing 166 in attendance. We have en- 
joyed over 100 per cent increase in 

the whole Sundav school since this 
new young adult class has been estab- 

The crowning factor of the whole 
endeavor is what the Lord has done 
with those who have been coming. 
We have seen 1 1 first-time decisions 
and four rededications of life. Praise 
the Lord! We are looking for manv 

has richly blessed His program of 
going out into the highwavs, by- 
ways, streets, and lanes to bring 
people in. He has blessed every other 
department of the church through 
this one endeavor. Now we are readv 
to begin to build the older adult class. 
Pray that we mav see the same 
glorious results. 

Bv faith we entered into this proj- 
ect; bv faith we kept on. We prav 
that the Lord will lead us on from 
this place. He has led and directed 
so far in a marvelous way. Pray for 
us now as we begin plans for greater 
expansion of facilities. Pray for us 
as we endeavor to pav off the debt 
of our building, and go on to a self- 
supporting basis as soon as we possi- 
bly can. T 

the nursery through the sixth grade 
were affected by a 100 per cent in- 
crease. The other adult class, even 
with the young adults taken out, in- 
creased by 15 per cent. The total 
Sunday-school attendance averaged 

Classes from Top Down: Nancy Dillman's, 
Robert Momeyer's, Dave Boone's. Blaine 
Burns', Lois Merriman's, Herman Hein's, 
and Sonny Thayer's. 

January 23, 7965 

To what do we attribute the suc- 
cess of this new class and its growth? 
Visitation! There were 123 homes 
called on by the pastor alone and al- 
most 50 other calls made by other 
members of the church. The Lord 


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and Mrs. Robert Dell, 204 N. Dela- 
ware Ave., Martinsburg, W. Va. Rev. 
and Mrs. Lewis Hohenstein, 14706 
Danbrook Dr., Whittier, Calif. (Tel. 
944-3759). Rev. and Mrs. John 
Neelv, 408 Virginia Ave., Trov, 

FLORA, IND. A dedication serv- 
ice for the new building addition to 
the Grace Brethren Church here was 
held Jan. 3. Dr. Herman Hovt, presi- 
dent of Grace Seminarv and College, 
was the guest speaker. Lee Dice, pas- 

KENT, WASH. A special birthday 
service was held Jan. 3 in the Grace 
Brethren Church to celebrate the 
church's first anniversary. Attend- 
ances during December more than 
doubled the attendances of last Feb- 
ruarv and March, reaching 73 on 
Dec. 6. The first annual missionarv 
conference was held Jan. 12 to 17. 
Phillip J. Simmons, pastor. 

West Homer Brethren Church has 
extended a unanimous call to Pastor 
Robert Holmes for his 15th year. 

Robert McCormick has resigned as 
pastor of Communitv Brethren 

DAYTON, OHIO. Guest speakers 
at North Riverdale Brethren Church 
during Januarv included Rev. Harold 
M. Hoeflinger, founder and executive 
director of the Christian League to 

Forgotten Men, and Dr. Homer 
Kent, Jr., dean of Grace Theological 
Seminarv. Richard L. Burch, pastor. 

ANAHEIM, CALIF. Rev. Forest 
Lance has resigned as pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church here and has 
accepted a call to become pastor of 
Montclair Grace Brethren Church, 
Montclair, Calif. 

CHEYENNE, WYO. An all-time 
record was broken at First Brethren 
Church Dec. 20 when 177 people 
attended the Christmas program. 
Robert D. Wbited, pastor. 

mount Brethren Church has pur- 
chased two acres at 59th and Dovi'ney 
Ave. in Long Beach. Ground-break- 
ing services are tentatively planned 
for Januarv. The congregation has 
voted to change the name from Para- 
mount Brethren to Community Grace 
Brethren Church. Gene Klingler, 

mately 70 teen-agers from the First 
Brethren Church went carolling 
Dec. 20. Paul E. Dick, pastor. 

Rev. Nathan Mever recentlv held a 
Bible conference on prophecy at 
Good News Grace Brethren Church. 
During December, 23 decisions were 
recorded for rededication of life and 
five for salvation. Marion Thomas, 

Brethren Church here saw their 
largest attendance (31) at their 
Christmas service, held on Christmas 
morning. Robert Addison is pastor. 

Keyser has been employed to serve 
as building superintendent in the 
construction of a 9,000-square-foot 
educational addition at Norwalk 
Brethren Church. Mr. Keyser re- 
cently helped in the construction of 
new Brethren buildings in Toppen- 
ish. Wash., and Flora, Ind. Over 
1,000 different people were in at- 
tendance at three Christmas programs 
presented by the church, Sundav 
school, and Christian elementarv 
school. Howard W. Maves is pastor. 

FINDLAY, OHIO. On Dec. 13, 

the Findlay Brethren Church aired 
their first weekly radio broadcast 
o\'er the local station WFIN. The 
1 5-minute pre-recorded Gospel broad- 
cast includes a message by the pastor, 
Daniel Eshelman. 

ALTOONA, PA. In their special 
Christmas program Dec. 20, Grace 
Brethren Church reached the record- 
breaking number of 205. Rov E. 
Glass, Jr., pastor. 

Robert Collitt, pastor of Grace 
Brethren Church, completed his first 
year in Hagerstown on Dec. 20. 
Sunday-school attendance was 635, 
an increase of 198 over the same Sun- 
day one vear ago. There were 444 
in the morning worship service and 
415 in the evening service. Ten pub- 
lic decisions were made during the 
day. The congregation decorated a 
tree with envelopes in a special 
Christmas offering for two young 
men who are preparing for the min- 
istry; by Sunday night $960 of the 
$1,000 goal had come in. A gift of 
monev was also presented by the 
church to Pastor and Mrs. Collitt. 

man Hovt, president of Grace 
Schools, held a week of special meet- 
ings at Grace Brethren Church Jan. 
10 to 17. John M. Aeby, pastor. 

CHANGE: The correct dates of 
the Northwest District conference 
are Feb. 23, 24, and 25. You may 
want to make this change on the in- 
side back cover of vour Annual. 

district mission church here held an 
eight-day evangelistic crusade Nov. 
29 through Dec. 6. Attendance aver- 
aged around 35, and seven decisions 
were recorded, fi^'e for salvation and 
two for dedication. The pastor of 
the 18-month-old church is Rev. 
Haven Hill. 

the nine locations for the Torrey 
Memorial Bible Conference, Jan. 31 
through Feb. 5, is to be the Nortli 
Long Beach Brethren Church, pas- 
tored by Dr. George O. Peek. The 
list of outstanding conference speak- 
ers includes the name of Dr. Herman 
Hovt, of Winona Lake, Ind. 


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Dec. 6, the evening speaker at First 
Brethren Church was Dr. Eugene 
Knopf, a medical doctor who has 
made a stud\' of astronomy for many 
years. His topic was "The Universe 
We Li\'e In." Raymond W. Thomp- 
son, pastor. 

JACKSON, MICH. The winter 
vouth retreat of the Michigan Dis- 
trict was held here Jan. 1 and 2. 
Featured at the retreat was the Grace 
College basketball team, the Grace 

Hill Brethren Church has voted to 
take on the full support of Mrs. 
Clara Rodgers, who is going to the 
Brethren Navajo Mission as dorm 
mother for the boarding school. 
Glenn Byers, pastor. 

ALBANY, OREG. About 80 de- 
cisions for the year 1964 were re- 
corded by Grace Brethren Church; 
approximately 30 of these were first- 
time confessions of Christ. Nelson E. 
Hall is pastor. 

OSCEOLA, IND. On Dec. 20, 
an open house was held at Bethel 
Brethren Church to celebrate the 
25th wedding anniversary of Pastor 
and Mrs. Scott Weaver and to wel- 
come them home from their evan- 
gelistic tour of our Brethren mission 
stations in Central Africa. 

ert Crees, pastor of First Brethren 
Church, has been discharged by his 
doctor, except for routine checkups, 
after a long illness. He is now per- 
mitted to preach both mornings and 

ELKHART, IND. Construction 
on the new building at Grace Breth 
ren Church is progressing well. Of- 
ferings for the building fund recentlv 
have averaged over $100 a week. 
Gordon W. Bracker, pastor. 

RIALTO, CALIF. Rialto Brethren 
Church put on an outdoor Christmas 
pageant Dec. 23 and 24. Gerald Pol- 
man, pastor. 

FLORA, IND. Rev. R. I. Hum- 
herd has just completed his fall 
schedule, which included speaking 

engagements in Brethren churches in 
Cuvahoga Falls, Ohio, Lancaster and 
Everett, Pa., and Johnson City, Tenn. 
His winter schedule includes 
churches in Spokane, Wash., Port- 
land and Albanv, Oreg., Gardena, 
Artesia, and San Bernardino, Calif., 
and Phoenix, Ariz. He will also be 
speaking in a number of colleges and 
seminaries. Rev. Humberd has writ- 
ten widelv, and some of his writings 
have been translated into Spanish, 
Portuguese, Bulgarian, and two 
languages of India. 


Foreign Missionary Society an- 
nounces that Rev. and Mrs. Martin 
Garber, missionaries on furlough 
from Africa, have become the proud 
parents of twins, a boy and a girl. 
John Paul and Joyce Louise were 
born on December 16, 1964, and 
joined the Garber household on Jan- 
uary 4 in Southern California. 

TROY, OHIO. Grace Brethren 
Church heard a report by Dr. Homer 
Kent, Sr., Jan. 17 on the latest de- 
velopments at Grace Seminarv and 
College. John S. Neely, pastor. 

Mrs. Orville Jobson, former mission- 
aries to Central African Republic, 
were guests of First Brethren Church 
Jan. 3. In the morning service Dr. 
Jobson spoke on the subject "What 
Constitutes a Missionarv Church?" 
and in the evening he showed a series 
of slides entitled "The Brethren 
Build in Bangui." True L. Hunt, 

20 the First Brethren Church record- 
ed the largest Christmas offering the 
congregation has ever given, a total 
of $2,587.58. John R. Terrell, pastor. 

cial speaker at Grace Brethren 
Church recentlv was Dr. James 
Boyer, of Grace College and Semi- 
narv. Clair E. Brickel, pastor. 

NOTICE: The Missionary Herald 
has had two recent incidents of cash 
being lost or stolen in the mail. We 
strongly recommend that a check or 
money order be sent for bookstore 
items or subscription renevv'als. Please 
do not send cash. 

bedding Bells 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by tile 
officiating minister. 

Linda Zumwalt and Jim Roth, 
Dec. 19, First Brethren Church, 
Compton, Calif. 

Pamela Franks and David F. Saum, 
Oct. 24, Findlay Brethren Church, 
Findlay, Ohio. 

Cheryl Cardwell and Noel Ruck- 
er, Nov. 14, Findlay Brethren 
Church, Findlav, Ohio. 

Linda Davis and Lyman Riley, 
Dec. 10, First Brethren Church, 
Buena Vista, Va. 

Joyce Rice and William Spence, 
Dec. 4, First Brethren Church, Buena 
Vista, Va. 

Sharon Fouts and Jerry Frasure, 
Dec. 19, Patterson Park Brethren 
Church, Dayton, Ohio. 

Carolyn Povi'ell and Troy Wyer, 
Nov. 28, Findlay Brethren Church, 
Findlav, Ohio. 

Connie Cubbage and Colin Stew- 
art, Dec. 5, Grace Brethren Church, 
Hagerstown, Md. 

cJn tJuemoilatn 

Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

MILLER, Mrs. Lucinda jane, 
left this life on Nov. 15. She was 
a charter member of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church in Juniata, Pa., taught 
the junior high Sunday-school class 
from its inception, and this year 
earned a 20-vear perfect attendance 
pin. She was the mother of Miss Lois 
Miller, Brethren missionary nurse in 
the Central African Republic. 

Rov E. Glass, Jr., pastor. 

GRAY, Lon, went to be with the 
Lord in December. He was a mem- 
ber of Calvary Brethren Church, 
Jefferson Center, Pa. 

Ron Jurke, pastor. 

STILLWELL, Mrs. J. M., 67, 
was called home to be with the Lord 
Dec. 18. She was a member of First 
Brethren Church, Washington, D. 
C. The funeral sen'ices were con- 
ducted by Pastor W. A. Ogden, with 
Rev. James Dixon, a former pastor, 
assisting. William A. Ogden, pastor. 

January 23, 7965 


Your Missionary Herald Literature Dollars in Action! 


"What can we do that will get the Gospel to several thousand families in a 
hurry?" The question was asked one day in the pastor's study by interested laymen. 
One in the group had just read an article in Moody Monthly telling of the great 
literature crusade in 1963 in which over 700 thousand homes in Greater Detroit re- 
ceived a free packet of gospel literature. 

It was here the idea was born for "Operation Literature" in the fall of 1964 at Ire- 
land Road Grace Brethren Church of South Bend. 

Those who thought of the idea, formed themselves into a general committee to pray 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

and steer the whole operation. 
Twelve captains were selected, and 
seven different communities, or hous- 
ing areas, were chosen for distribu- 
tion. Target dates were selected. The 
committee, directed by the Holv 
Spirit, selected Tuesday and Thurs- 
day nights of two consecutive weeks, 
giving four nights to cover two thou- 
sand homes in the area. 

Orientation sessions molded the 
thinking of the captains, who then 
began to choose and instruct their 
team members. Some of the captains 
had never knocked on a door and so 
thev had to be inspired, but boldness 
and determination came gradually as 
a definite pattern of attack was out- 
lined. Inspiration came through 
several channels. The first was cot- 
tage prayer meetings led bv the cap- 
tains in the weeks prior to distribu- 
tion. Sermons emphasized the call 
of God to get the Gospel out. A 
special kick-off banquet was held, 
with Rev. Richard Grant, editor of 
the Missionary Herald, as speaker. 
Then, just before the crusade, there 
was a special Sunday morning dedi- 
cation service for all the personnel 

The materials for the packet to be 
distributed were praverfullv chosen. 
It was felt that there dare not be 
too much, but vet a variety of in- 
terest to all members of the family. 
Those pieces chosen included: (1) 
a colorful brochure with a picture of 
the church, the pastor, and the time 
of all services, with description of 
local and national Brethren ministries 
(purchased from Kirban, imprinted 
by us); (2) a clear gospel tract bv 
Billy Graham presenting the plan of 
salvation (supplied by the Herald 
Company); (3) a tract called "Shhh 
Dennv" by Kirban (supplied by the 
Herald Company) appealing to both 
children and adults; (4) the special 
teen issue of the Herald (supplied bv 
the Herald Company); (5) a return 
addressed card for any who would 
indicate interest in spiritual things 
and make an effort to mail it back: 
and (6) an envelope in which to 
carry the literature with a design on 
the front. 

The various team members were 
furnished with large envelopes with 
a map showing their exact territory 

for distribution, and any overlapping 
was forbidden. Each packet was to be 
given directly to those \'\'ho answered 
the knock at the door. No packets 
were left in mail boxes, promiscu- 
ously thrown on porches, or stuck in 
doors. Each team member had some- 
thing to say when the door was open- 
ed. Various methods were used to 
persuade some reluctant individuals 
to accept the packet. As one man 
v\'as refusing, the team member said: 
"Don't you think vou ought to know 
something about a church that is this 
close to your home?" Other per- 
suaders were: "The packet is free" 

By Rev. Gene Witzky 

Pastor, Ireland Road Grace 

Brethren Church 

South Bend, Indiana 

or "We are endeavoring to place a 
packet in every home." Very few 
refused to accept the material. At 
times there was opportunity for other 
questions, such as: "Do you have J 
church home?" "Do you attend your 
church faithfully every Sunday?" 
"Would you like our pastor to call?" 

When it was evident that no one 
was home, a note was made by the 
caller and a daytime call-back was 
made by a special team organized for 
that purpose. 

The first Tuesday night of the 
crusade, 70 or more people gathered 
enthusiastically to begin the delight- 
ful task. Babysitters stood nobly bv 

the stuff. The packets were handed 
out. Off went the teams to put to 
work their training. In less than two 
hours, one half of the goal had been 
reached; nearly one thousand homes 
had received a packet. Great was 
the joy in the hearts of captains and 
workers as the success stories leaked 
back to the church. The remarks were 
priceless: "Not one refused." "I found 
six prospects for our church." "A lady 
wants the pastor to call." What a 
blessing to hear some of the most 
backward people in the flock talking 
joyously about giving out the Word 
of God! Some people who weren't 
regular attenders came to help. It was 
agreed that if no souls were gained 
for the church, it was worth the ef- 
fort to see saints so happy in serving 
Christ. For weeks afterward, the 
testimony time was filled with bless- 
ings received in serving the Lord in 
useful ministry. 

The real test will come over the 
weeks and months that lie ahead. 
So far, about 42 homes indicated 
some interest for follow-up work. 
Tv\'o couples have come to the church 
as a result of the literature. One card 
was returned asking for more in- 

If nothing more comes of this, we 
have the satisfaction of having 
placed the saving message of the cross 
in two thousand homes; for in two 
other evenings and one Sunday after- 
noon, the remaining one thousand 
pieces were placed in homes. This 
could mean that between eight and 
ten thousand people had an oppor- 
tunity to read the gospel message and 
know that someone cared about their 
soul. In a time when smut and filth 
flood the bookcases of our homes, 
thank God for a successful crusade. 

We want to express special thanks 
to the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Company for supplying two-thirds 
of the material we used, free of 
charge. ▼ 

(Editor's note: The Missionary 
Herald Company maintains a free 
literature ministry to assist Brethren 
chtirches in making an organized dis- 
tribution of Gospel literature in their 
communities. Pastors may write for 
information to the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald Co., Box 544, Winona 
Lake, Indiana 46590.) 

January 23, 1965 


After 30 years mv Bible reading 
has reached the jubilee stage. I am 
celebrating the privilege of reading 
the Bible through 75 times, and of 
course, I do not expect to stop. I am 
well along by now with trip 76 and 
shall continue reading the Bible 
through as long as the Lord permits. 

Here is how it all came about. The 
Holy Spirit put a desire in my heart 
to know the Word of God (I Pet. 
2:2). In seeking ways to do this, I 
was led to read Dr. James M. Gray's 
book "How To Master the English 
Bible." In it are given six simple, but 
important, rules: 

1. Begin at the beginning— that is, 
with Genesis. 

2. Read the book. It is not asked 
that it be studied in the ordinary 
sense, or memorized, or even sought 
to be understood at first, but simply 

3. Read the book continually— 
that is, at one sitting if possible. Do 
not let chapter headings and verse 
divisions influence you. 

4. Read the book (if you start with 
Genesis) repeatedly. Here the idea 
is to glean the facts of the book. 

5. Read the book independentlv; 
that is, do not call on commentaries 
to help you understand. Just read 
right on, getting the facts. 

6. Read pra\'erfully, asking the 
Holy Spirit to illumine your mind 
with the great facts of the book. 

When these rules were called to 
my attention, I determined to read 
each book of the Bible, beginning 
with Genesis, through seven times 
before going on to the next. No, this 
is not an impossible goal, for I com- 
pleted this schedule in four years. 

This experience was most gratify- 
ing, for now I had many facts of the 
Bible in mind. However, they get 
away from me quickly unless I con- 
tinually refresh myself. The next 
schedule was to read the Bible 
through once each year, just to keep 
the facts, already in mind, fresh, and 
to add to the storehouse. I kept this 
up for several years, but facts were 
still slipping away. The rule now is 
twice through each year. That is not 
a big order; just seven chapters per 
day will let you through two times 
with a few days to spare. Some- 
times I have been able to read the 
Bible through three times in a vear. 
Now the total is 75, and will soon 
be 76. Wliat an investment! 

What are the advantages? 

This type of reading helps you 
gather together a great storehouse 
of Bible facts. The more facts of 
Scripture that we have on any given 
Bible subject, the more we are able 
to understand what the Bible teaches 
on that subject. 

Reading in this manner helps you 
remember where the facts are lo- 
cated. Not only will you begin to 
know in which of the 66 books they 
are found, but vou will begin to know 
the chapter and verse, and if not al- 
ways the chapter and verse, the posi- 
tion on the page. This leads me to 
suggest that you do all your reading 
in the same Bible. In buying a Bible, 
be sure to get a standard publication 
so that, should you wear it out, you 
can replace it with one just like it. 
While I use other translations and 
versions for reference, I do all read- 
ing in my Scofield Bible; and, believe 
me, I have literally worn out several 

Having stored your mind (and 

heart) with many facts, you will find 
that it will be much easier to build 
talks, sermons, or studies, or to pre- 
pare your Sunday-school lesson, or to 
follow the writer of an article, for 
you will know many of the references 
without the slow process of looking 
up each one as you read. This is a 
great benefit to you when you attend 
a conference and want to take notes 
and follow also. You will, in the 
main, be free from leafing through 
your Bible, as you will know most of 
the facts to which the speaker alludes, 
and thus can concentrate on the mes- 
sage and the few notes you desire to 

This sort of program will, at first, 
take great determination. You will 
have to discipline yourself to do the 
reading, but when vou have done 
this, you will come to the Book natur- 
ally each day at the set time. 

One more advantage to you is that, 
with a vast store of facts in hand, you 
are able to give an answer readily 
to all who ask you a reason for the 
hope that is in you (I Pet. 3:15). 
Like our Lord, you will be better 
able to use the Sword of the Spirit 
to resist Satan. Aside from that, think 
of the many times you will draw from 
the storehouse just for your own re- 
freshment, meditation, and comfort! 

Try the method. I dare you. The 
amount of time involved is so small 
in comparison to the treasure accumu- 
lated that you cannot deny yourself 
this privilege. Remember, this has 
eternal value! T 

By Rev. Caleb S. Zimmerman 

Pastor, The Brethren Church of 
Huber Heights 
Dayton, Ohio 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

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Pictures are supposed to tell us 
ten times more than words, but the 
pictures on this page only tell us 
half a story. 

It all began when the Sunday 
school of the Norwalk, California, 
church challenged the Sunday school 
of the Los Altos Brethren Church to 
a contest. Both Sunday schools went 

By Dr. Harold H. Etiing 

Director, National Sunday School Board 

But the finish showed 522 persons in 
attendance. It was an over-all per- 
centage of gain of 75.9. How did 
they do it? By visitation and regular 
mailings to every person in the com- 
munity! By persona] enthusiasm of 
pastors, superintendents, departmen- 
tal leaders, teachers, and pupils down 
to the tiniest tot in the nursery. One 
Sunday was named telephone Sun- 
day, and every teacher was person- 
ally responsible for calling each pupil 
to remind him of the coming Sun- 

The end is not yet. The two 
churches are continuing a friendly 
bit of competition throughout this 

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to work immediately. Reports kept 
coming back to us every week. At 
Norwalk, on the opening Sunday of 
the contest, they erected a large out- 
door platform and set up loud-speak- 
ers. Four hundred chairs were placed 
in the surrounding area, and classes 
and departments met in their re- 
spective groups under large banners. 
That first week, Norwalk registered 
401 persons in Sunday school. 

It was nip and tuck all the way for 
six weeks. The last page of a loveh' 
scrap book arrived from Los Altos, 
telling us of their gains. They had 
374 people present on October 18. 

hnuary 23, 7965 

new year. 

This is not an unusual story. It is 
a wonderful success story of what 
happens to a church and Sunday 
school that are ready to let God work 
through them in getting the Gospel 
out to every last creature at home and 

The half has not yet been told. 
Nor can it be until, in eternity, these 
people and leaders meet men and 
women who have come to Christ be- 
cause of an invitation to their Sun- 
day school during a competitive cam- 
paign. T 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

President Hoyt 


"No man, having put his hand to the plough, and 
looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God" (Luke 9: 
62). With these words the Lord Jesus addressed a man 
who desired to accompany Him to Jerusalem but who 
begged for delay till he had given farewell to the home 

These words must first of all be interpreted in rela- 
tion to Christ. Christ is on His way to Jerusalem to 
carrv out the eternal purpose of His mission into this 
world. So "he stedfastlv set his face to go to Jerusalem" 
(Luke 9:51). It is there He will lay down His life for all 
mankind. On the way He meets three men who would 
accompany Him, except that there are other duties 
which they feel must be handled first. To each He gives 
a decisive answer and continues His journey. Not only 
the purpose of appointment but also the time of ap- 
pointment is sacred with Him. To the last one He in- 
sists that turning back will indicate that he is disquali- 
fied for the kingdom of God. 

But there is a larger application of the meaning of 
these words. The principles of operation herein set forth 
reach out to all men, especially to those who claim to 
be Christian, the followers of the One who first applied 
them to himself. As we enter upon a new year, all of us 
could well examine ourselves in the light of these words 
and write them upon the tables of our hearts to serve 
as controlling principles throughout the entire year. 

Decision Defines Direction 

A man, "having put his hand to the plough," has 
made a decision which defines the direction in which 
he moves. Any worthy choice has implicit within it the 
direction in which it must move. Accepting Christ as 
Saviour means that the believer must go on to perfection. 
Deciding to go to college means that the student -will 
complete his college and devote his training to a worthv 
cause. Choosing a life partner means that one joins with 
another for a walk through life together. Answering the 
call of the Lord to service means that there is a field of 
service for cultivation and the reaping of a harvest. 
Taking a position of responsibility is more than a means 
of livelihood; it is also an area where contribution is made 
to others. 

It is obvious, then, that decision marks one of the 
most important factors of life. It is that moment when 
we come to one of the crossroads of life and there make 
a choice. It is a choice to travel one of the roads of 
life, and that road stretches out ahead in a very clear 

direction. This does not mean that all the experiences 
are known ahead of time. But it does mean that the main 
direction is clear. 

Direction Demands Discipline 

The phrase, "and looking back," expresses negatively 
what is needed positively. Once the direction is known, 
every effort must be expended to keep oneself moving 
in that direction. Looking toward those things which are 
behind is to surrender to fear, indolence, and lack of 
initiative. Looking back means retreat and final defeat. 
It is therefore obvious that the strictest discipline must 
be exercised over oneself if the path of decision is to 
be followed. 

There can be no turning back once the worthy di- 
rection has been marked out by decision. Severe disci- 
plinary measures must then be brought into operation. 
Having decided to follow Jesus, the Christian dare not 
turn back. Having entered college, one must complete 
the course. Having joined hands in marriage with an- 
other, each partner realizes the road ahead does not 
end "till death do us part." Having answered the call of 
the Lord to service, we may not reverse the call. Hav- 
ing assumed a position of worth, we dare not sidestep 
the obligations. The necessary discipline will constantlv 
be the diagnosing and the discriminating between all 
activities, rejecting the superfluous and adopting the 
relevant in order that one may progress in the chosen 

Discipline Displays Disposition 

The exercise of discipline demonstrates whether one 
"is fit for the kingdom of God." The absence of disci- 
pline results in the reversal of direction. The reversal 
of direction reveals the shallowness of decision. And 
where there is the undertaking he has chosen, he will 
exercise discipline over the entire course of preparation 
for and continuation in that area of responsibility. Dis- 
cipline will display the kind of disposition he possesses, 
the strength of his character, the quality of his faithful- 
ness. Discipline will reveal the kind of man he is, when 
the storms come and the tempest rages, when all men 
forsake the cause and it appears that all is lost. 

Think of Christ. He was on the way to Jerusalem and 
the cross. It was necessary for Him to exercise severe 
discipline over himself. The easy road for Him would 
ha\'e been to ascend into heaven (Luke 9:51), to have 
allowed fire to consume His enemies (Luke 9:52-56), 
to turn from deprivation (Luke 9:57-58), to have delayed 
His journey till the dead was buried (Luke 9:59-60), to 
have granted the appeal of His follower (Luke 9:61-62). 
But if He had done so, He would have demonstrated 
that He was not the true Messiah nor the Saviour of 
the world. 

Would it not be \vell for all of us to reassess our 
relationship to our obligations before the Lord, and de- 
termine that we shall display our witness for the king- 
dom through 1965? T 

January 23, 7965 



In recent years the general public 
has become quite aware of an in- 
creased emphasis in educational cir- 
cles upon the subject area of math- 
ematics. Astounding scientific advan- 
ces have been associated with math- 
ematics to a high degree. This some- 
times rather dull, uninteresting, 
dreary subject has suddenly become 
important, exciting, and vital. At the 
same time, the schools have found 
themselves confronted with a new 
approach to mathematics which, in 
many places, has been incorporated 
into the curriculum. As a result of 
these developments the role of math 
ematics in education is quite different 
today from what it was a generation 

The new emphasis given math- 
ematics (and science) at the elemen- 
tary and secondary school levels is 
found correspondingly at the col- 
lege level. In one respect, the num- 
ber of students interested in math- 
ematics in the colleges and universi- 
ties has increased greatly. Such an 
increase has been much in evidence 
at Grace College, especially this 
academic year with respect to in- 
coming students. Approximately a 
200 per cent increase in the number 
of proposed mathematics majors 
over the maximum of any previous 
year has been indicated. This 
phenomenon in itself is very en- 
couraging to those connected with 
the mathematics department at the 

But this trust must not be misused 
by glorying in it. Rather, the disci- 
pline of mathematics will be taught 
from the point of view that gives 
glory to God. With an adequate 
understanding of mathematics, one 
is better prepared to investigate the 
physical laws of this universe, God's 
universe. Thereby one can appre- 
ciate Him more and in a different 
manner than he otherwise might. 
So mathematics is taught at Grace 
College, and the centrality of Christ 
is not omitted from this picture, al- 
though some would hold that this 
subject area would not lend itself 
to such an orientation. 

At the college level, with the re- 

By R. Suzanne Royer 

Instructor in Mathematics 
Grace College 

cent emphasis on mathematics there 
has been some revision of existin" 
course offerings and the addition of 
courses in mathematics. This sort of 
action has been undertaken at Grace 
College. With continual evaluation 
there is a possibility that more of the 
same type of action will seem 
necessary. However, at present the 
course work appears to meet satis 
factorily the needs of the students 
Freshmen and sophomores interested 
in mathematics engage themselves in 
three semesters of course work in 
analytic geometry and calculus, pre- 
ceded by a semester of precalculus 
work in college algebra and trio- 
onometry where beneficial. Upper 
division students majoring or minor- 
ing in mathematics take such courses 
as differential equations, modern 
algebra, and non-Euclidean geometry. 
Available are a major in mathematics 
and a major in the combination 
mathematics and education, the latter 
particularly designed to prepare 
teachers of mathematics. Minors are 
offered in the same areas. Courses in 
introduction to mathematics and in 
principles of arithmetic are required 
of those who are preparing for ele- 
mentary schoolteaching. 

The course work in mathematics 
provided at Grace College is taught 
bv two members of the college facul- 
ty. One of these, the department 

chairman, has earned the Ph.D. de- 
gree from Ohio State University; 
the other (the writer) holds a mas- 
ter's degree from Stanford Univer- 

As to the purpose of the math- 
ematics offerings at Grace College, 
something of this has already been 
indicated. But preparation for teach- 
ing, although engaged in by many, is 
not the sole purpose of the math- 
ematics offered students at the col- 
lege. Preparation for graduate work 
and positions in mathematics would 
be included in this purpose, as might 
be assumed. In addition, interest- 
ingly, some preseminary students 
have chosen to major in mathematics. 
It is thought that experience in the 
type of logical thinking necessary to 
a study of mathematics with depth 
would be of advantage to a study of 

Although, then, the purpose of the 
mathematics department at Grace 
College is many-sided, central to that 
purpose is the theme that Christ be 
magnified in undertaking a study of 
mathematics and in its use as directed 
for the individual by our God. T 

{Editor's note: The writer, called to the 
college to instruct in mathematics, as- 
suTned temporarily the responsibility of 
dean of women. Due to the condition of 
her health a reduced load was necessary. 
Her teaching responsibility was retained, 
and she now is a member of the regular 
faculty in the department of matheTnatics.) 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

To Contact Foundations 

Job R. Renick was the first to be 
employed by the board of trustees 
as contact man with foundations and 
other organizations that contribute to 
educational institutions. 

Mr. Renick took a pre-lav\' course 
at Ohio State University prior tv) 
entering business as a sales-manage- 
ment consultant. Until recently Mr. 
Renick was with the C. H. Stuart 
Company in Newark, New Jersey. 

Mr. and Mrs. Renick have estab- 
lished residence at Winona Lake and 
are members of the Winona Lake 

Brethren Church. They have si.x 
children. Their two sons have 
attended Grace Theological Semi- 
nary. Their older son, James, re- 
ceived his bachelor of divinity de 
gree from the seminary in 1963. 
Their second son, John, attended the 
seminary last year. For unavoidable 
reasons he had to discontinue his 
studies at Grace for one year but 
plans to return next year. 

In the short time that Mr. Renick 
has been with the program at Grace, 
he has already been hard at work 
in various sections of the Nation. 

Mr. Job R. Renick 

Office of Development 

With the rapidlv expanding program of Grace Theological Seminary and Grace 
College, a real need has been realized, for several vears, for an Office of Development. 

At the recent trustees' meeting, approval was given for the establishment of this 
office and the expansion of the program. 

To Contact Brethren Church 

Rev. Thomas E. fiammers 
January 23, 7965 

The second man to be called by 
the board of trustees in the Office of 
Development is Rev. Thomas E. 
Hammers. Mr. Hammers is well 
known through The Brethren 
Church, having served pastorates in 
Cleveland, Ohio, Tracy, California, 
South Pasadena, California, Seattle, 
Washington, and Fremont, Ohio. 
This ministry has covered the 30- 
vear period since January, 1935. 

Mr. Hammers graduated from Ash- 
land College in 1932 and Grace 
Theological Semmary in 1935. In 
November, 1935, he was married to 
Mary L. Ashman, and they have 

two children, Mrs. Odell (Janet 
Carol) Minnix, Annandale, Virginia, 
and Dan Lee Hammers, of Winona 
Lake. Both children have graduated 
from Grace College, and Dan is a 
junior in the seminary. 

Mr. Hammers will be doing pro- 
motion and student recruit work in 
the churches of the National Fel- 
lowship of Brethren Churches. He 
will be traveling extensively through- 
out the brotherhood. 

Mr. and Mrs. Hammers have 
transferred their membership to the 
Winona Lake Brethren Church. 


CONSULTANTS. Left to right: William Tyfe. of the Perkins and Will Architectural 
Firm of Chicago: Donald Thompson, library consultant for Grace, and librarian at Wabash 
College, Crawfordsvjlle, Indiana; President Hoyt; Butler Sturtevant, campus planning con- 
sultant from St. Louis, Missouri; Jerry Lessig and Donald Lessig, of Lessig Engineers of 
Warsaw; and William Brubaker, of the Chicago firm. 


LIBRARY COMMITTEE. Left to right below: Dean E. William Male, chairman; Russel 
Dunlap, business manager; Dr. S. Herbert Bess and Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr.. seminary 
representatives; Donald Thompson, consultant; Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, president; and 
Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton, librarian. Professor Carl Cripe, college representative, was 
not present when the photo was taken. 

President Hoyt has announced 
that tentative plans have been ap- 
proved by the board of trustees, and 
definite steps are being taken toward 
the desired end, a new librarv on the 
Grace campus. 

On December 23 and January 19 
meetings were held to lay the basic 
plans for the proposed librarv, which 
will serve both the seminar}' and the 


Those attending the meetings as 
consultants included; Donald E. 
Thompson, librarv consultant for 
Grace, and librarian at Wabash Col- 
lege, Crawfordsville, Indiana, who 
was recommended bv the American 
Librarv Association; Butler Sturte- 
vant, campus planning consultant 
from St. Louis, Missouri; C. William 
Brubaker and William Tvfe, asso- 
ciated with the Perkins and Will 
Architectural Firm of Chicago; and 
Donald Lessig and Jerry Lessig of the 
Lessig Engineers of Warsaw, Indiana. 

These consultants met with the 
Advisorv Committee to the President, 
the Librarv Committee, and members 
of the Office of Development of 
Grace Schools. 

With President Hovt presiding, 
tentati^'e schedules were established 
as follo\A's: planning stage, January 
to March, 1965; design development, 
April to June, 1965; construction 
documents, July to December, 1965; 
bidding, January, 1966, with con- 
struction to start in March, 1966, 
and the completion date set for May, 


The nev^- structure will be located 
at the east end of the traffic circle 
facing Wooster Road, or about where 
the old house stood that was recently 
burned on proper authorization. 

•The new library building will be- 
come the most important, most 
strategic, and most basic building to 
all areas of academic life on campus. 
This structure will reflect the image 
of the college and seminary to the 
community, the visitor, and students. 


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upper left: "Yield Right of Way*' to the committees 
and consultants as they consider the location for the 
new library on the Grace campus. There was complete 
agreement that the new structure should be located 
about where the old house stood a few months back, 
at the east end of the traffic circle facing Wooster 
Road, or near the trees in the photo (left). 

Center left: This is only one evidence as to the need 
for a new library. There is not sufficient space on 
the shelves for the books, so they are piled every- 
where. Lower left: Some books are still in cartons 
in the basement storage room. 

Upper right: In 1961 the bell pictured above was 
given to Grace College by the New Troy Brethren 
Church, New Troy, Michigan. The actual mounting 
was delayed until this fall, when the building and 
grounds crew tackled the job. The "victory bell" is 
now a permanent landm.ark in front of the new 



Bible Conference 

JANUARY 25-29 

8 a.m.— (Jan. 26-29) Rev. Dean Fetterhoff 

Seminary Chapei 

9 a.m.— (Jan. 26-29) Rev. John Aeby 

McClain Hall Auditorium 
10:30 a.m.— (Jan. 26-29) Dr. William Kerr 
7:30 p.m.— (Jan. 25) Rev. Dean Fetterhoff 

(Jan. 26-29) Dr. William Kerr 
9 p.m.— (Jan. 27) Basketball Game 

Grace vs. Concordia College 

Conference sponsored by 
Grace Seminary Alumni Association 

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Winona Lake, Indiana 


V '■■ ■ . . 


The young men pictured above make up one of the most promising basket- 
ball teams in the history of Grace College. Most of them will be returning 
next vear. These men are not onlv outstanding basketball players, but the\' 
are also fine, dedicated Christians. Each one recognizes that basketball is 
but another means of furthering his testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Furthermore, thev are aware that their stay here at Grace is preparatory for 
the plan that their Heavenly Father has foreordained. The following indi- 
cates how the Lord has led. 

Coach Richard G. Messner 

32 — Bob Wright — Kokomo, Indiana 
— Sen/or — 5'8" 

It was while attending a secular school for 
men that Bob recognized his inadequacies in 
witnessing for his Lord. With this revela- 
tion. Bob transferred to Grace where he in- 
tends to continue his studies in Grace Semi- 
nary after graduation. He anticipates serv- 
ing the Lord in the pastorate in the future. 

24 — Francis Denton — Syracuse, In- 
diana — Junior — 5' 7 1" 

After spending a semester on a secular 
campus, "Drake" transferred to Lancerland 
where he is presently majoring in physical 
education. Francis' present plans are to go 
into coaching. However, like the other 
squad members, he is primarily desirous of 
accomplishing the Lord's purpose for his 
life, no matter what it may be. 

44 — Eric Auxt — Hagerstov/n, Mary- 
land — Senior — 5' 7 7" 

Although not initially interested in Grace, 

Eric's fine Christian parents prayed, en- 
couraged, and directed him to Winona Lake. 
Since his arrival, he has been preparing 
himself for Christian work. After gradua- 
tion. Eric plans either to attend graduate 
school or to enter Grace Seminarv. 

22 — 6/7/ Keane — Philadelphia, Penn- 
sylvania — Junior — 6'3" 

Bill was a late starter in both his advanced 
education and his acceptance of Christ. 
However, now with the Lord as the pilot of 
his life, he is seeking to accomplish His 
will. At the present, the future occupation 
of the Lord's choosing is still indefinite. 

52 — Gory Grove — Mineral Point, 
Pennsylvania — Sophomore — 6'4" 

After attending a state school in Pennsyl- 
vania where he competed in football and 
basketball, Gary packed his bags and moved 
to Grace. Since arriving here, he has chosen 
physical education as his field of endeavor 
with his eye toward coaching in the future. 
Of course, these would be subiect to change 
by the Lord. 

54 — Jan Gilbert — Gary, Indiana — 
Senior — 6'5" 

Following his older but smaller brother to 
Grace College. Jan has selected social 
studies as his major field. It is his purpose 
to teach history in high school after grad- 
uation, making known to his students his 
status as a child of God. 

50 — Dean Rummel — Warsav/, In- 
diana — Freshman — 6' 3" 

Dean is the only freshman on the squad 
and probably comes the shortest distance to 
school. Initially, Dean had not planned to 
attend college but through contacts with 
various Lancers, his mind was changed. 
Here at Grace he has been able to have 
Christian fellowship, which was so sorely 
lacking in his high school days. 

30 — Mike Grill — Trotwood, Ohio — 
Sophomore — 6'0" 

Although Mike had only planned to re- 
main one year at Grace before entering den- 
tistry school, the Lord had different plans. 
He brought Mike back to Winona this 
year and changed his goal in life. Now 
English is his major field with teaching 
as a future goal. When the Lord is allowed, 
He can and does change both lives and 

12— Ned Weirlch— Ashland, Ohio- 
Junior — 5' 7 7" 

Another physical education major is Ned 
Weirich. It is indicated to the young men 
who pursue this field that there is a press- 
ing need for Christian coaches in the pub- 
lic high school. With the purpose of living 
and proclaiming a Christian testimony be- 
fore athletes. Ned has selected coaching. 

20 — Fred Bailey — Tippecanoe, In- 
diana — Junior — 5'7" 

Fred has come to the Lancer campus to 
prepare for a lifetime of evangelism. Dur- 
ing his high school days. Fred recognized 
the great need of the world. Thus, he has 
felt constrained to proclaim to the unsaved 
the answer to that need, the crucified and 
risen Lord. 

24 — Larry Smithwick — Harrah, 
Washington — Sophomore — 5'8" — 
Not Pictured 

Hailing from Harrah. Washington, this 
stocky but rather diminutive lad is enjoying 
his first year on the G-Man squad. Larry is 
planning to enter Grace Seminary after 
graduation. He is just one of many Grace 
athletes who is preparing for full-time 
Christian service. 

Marlln Rose — Johnstown, Pennsyl- 
vania — Senior — Manager 

Dan Kingery — Roanoke, Virginia — 
Sophomore — Manager 

January 23, 1965 






Mrs. Arnold Kriegbaum 5 

Roger Darner 4 

Violet Light 1 

Roland Fletcher 2 

Mrs. Karl Garling 

Dr. and Airs. Herman A. Hovt 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wallace 

Mrs. Darwin Gamble 

R. D. McCarthy 

Dr. and Mrs. Homer A. Kent, Sr. 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kauffman . . 

Rev. Robert Collitt 

Mrs. Joe Dombek 

Rev. and Mrs. Lester Kennedv 


Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Herman 1 

Mr. and Mrs. |ohn Armstrong 2 

Mrs. Custer Hall 3 

Delores Zellers 

Michael G. Bailey 

Miss Marv Rager 

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Alley 

Rev. Lee Crist 

Mrs. Robert Cockrell 

Mrs. Stanlev Marshall 

Mrs. Carl Uphouse 

Rev. Melvin Hobson 

Mrs. Glendo Jarvis 

Mrs. Clarence Hopkins 

Mrs. Richard Liston 





IMPORTANT: Each book must be signed by donor 
along with his address and mailed to: 

Dean of Students 
Grace College 
Winona Lake, Indiana 


Foreign Missions and WMC IssI 

February 6, 1965, 

• Revival Comes to Africa Field 
Except Ye Repent • Four Steps to Heaven 

• Should I Do More? 

Brethren Foreign Missions 


By Dr. Russell D. Barnard i^^^ 

7964 — A Year of Great Blessing 

Now, a month farther away from it, we begin to 
see in better evaluation one of the very great vears in 
our foreign mission history. We shall list a few of the 
blessings, trusting to your current knowledge of Brethren 
foreign mission work to fill in the detail: 

1. Four missionary families sent out— Rev. and Mrs. 
Gordon Austin to Costa Rica for language study in 
preparation for service in Argentina; Rev. and Mrs. 
Ralph Schwartz to Brazil; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ball 
to Africa; Mr. and Mrs. James Dowdy to Mexico. 

2. Experienced printer (Mr. Ball) and new printing 
equipment to Africa. 

3. Increased literature distribution, and additional book- 
store outlets in various fields. 

4. Revivals— noteworthv especially in Argentina, Brazil, 
Hawaii, and Africa. 

5. Total support— 57 adult missionaries and 47 children 
now have total support underwritten, and 34 mis- 
sionaries and 16 children have partial support under- 
written. This has been accomplished bv just 65 

6. Income— $483,211.13. This is an increase of $57,- 
373.17 over 1963. All deficits have been canceled. 
Everv penny now given can go into aggressive work. 

1965— A Year of Challenge 

This is our 65th anniversary year. Our societv was 
organized in 1900. But even with the great blessings of 
1964, we have not arrived. Here are some challenges 
facing us: 


The fortress wall at El Morro 
in Puerto Rico was built to pro- 
tect the people from the enemy. 
Its height and width plus the gun 
casements made almost impossible 
the entry of enemy ships into the 
harbor. But in 1906 a lighthouse 
was built atop the wall to "light 
the way" and so prevent any ship 
from crashing or going aground 
as it entered the harbor. (Photo 
by R. D. Barnard) 


Richard E. Grant, Executive Editor 
SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake. Ind. Issued biweekly 
by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Inc., Box 544, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price: $3.50 a year, foreign. $4.50. 
Special rates to churches. 

1 . Missionaries— 20 to 25 needed per year for the next five 
vears. Pray that five badly-needed couples and four 
or five single ladies can be sent out this year. 

2. Literature— this is the silent witness that can go any- 
where. We should have $100,000 for literature, with 
at least $50,000 of that this year. 

3. Radio— great opportunities in Africa, and especially 
bright prospects in Argentina. We should spend at 
least $720 per month for radio time in Argentina- 
double our present amount. 

4. Evangelism— bv missionaries, and especially by the 
national churches, we should double our evangeliz- 
ing efforts. 

5. Training— in all fields accentuate our present program 
—more students, more equipment, more missionaries 
to teach. 

6. Finance— increased offerings, on the same proportion 
as during the last two vears, would yield one million 
dollars for Brethren foreign missions by 1970. But, 
do we have until 1970 in some very strategic areasr 
A million dollars in 1970 would be a haunting thing 
if before that time any of our fields should close for 
lack of personnel and funds. Our need is NOW! We 
will need to operate currently on the funds that are 
given, but to accomplish even in a limited way the 
things urgently needed we should have $700,000 in 
gifts in 1965. This would supply our present field 
needs, send out some new families, care for badly- 
needed automobile exchanges, build (or buy) new 
missionary residences, and furnish some monev for 
loans to churches in foreign lands in the arranging for 
permanent church buildings. 

7. The greatest of all challenges is for personal dedi- 
cation to the Lord Jesus Christ and to the mission 
He put in our hands— to get this word of reconcilia- 
tion to a lost world. What we do will be controlled 
and tempered bv our love for the Lord and for the 

The Foreign Mission Season 

That which is thought of as the "Foreign Mission 
Season" begins with February and continues through 
May. For the Lord's work there are no seasons, so all 
of our Christian interests work in all seasons. How- 
ever, foreign missions does intensify the presentation 
and the appeal in this season. Missionary conferences 
will be in operation in both the East and the West. A 
good part of the time two conferences will operate simul- 
taneously in the East. Let 1965 be the vear when we 
shall all be the best informed, the most keenly challenged, 
the most cooperative, and the most sacrificial donors wc 
have ever been. T 

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Brethren Foreipn Missions 


MH'er Group in Ohio 

Mrs. Robert Plice and Mrs. Richard Tucker, 
leaders of the Missionary Helpers Club at the 
Grace Brethren Church, Budd and Keen, 
Ashland, Ohio, have a nice-looking group, 
don't you think? These children enjoy being 
MH'ers. They had a special part in the eve- 
ning service at their church recently, which 

was a real blessing to those present. Some of 
the children are holding up the Word of God 
— their Bibles. You know, the business of a 
missionary is to take the Word of God to 
those who do not know Jesus. And, reading 
God's Word and praying for the missionaries 
are important things for MH'ers to do. 



THIS es-'" 








THIS 65 



February 6, 1965 

Brethren Foreign Missions 

Miss Evelyn Schumacher directs a group 
at Yaloke. where 41 students made decisions 
to accept Christ during the Weaver meet- 

Revival Comes to African Field 

By Dr. AusHn Robbins 

(FMS editor's note: Pastor and Mrs. 
Scott Weaver of Osceola, Indiana, 
spent a number of weeks in the 
Central African Re-puhlic this past 
fall. The trip, undertaken and spon- 
sored hy themselves and their 
church, was for the special purpose 
of evangelism. On this page Dr. 
Robhins reports concerning a part of 
the meetings, and on the opposite 
page Brother Weaver gives some of 
his own comments.) 

A series of revival meetings was 
held in the Central African Republic 
during October and November. The 
locations were Bozoum, Betara, Bo- 
guila, Bossangoa, Batangafo, Yaloke, 
and Bangui, and the evangelist was 
Rev. Scott L. Weaver, pastor of the 
Bethel Brethren Church at Osceola, 

The meetings at Boguila started 
Sunday, October 25, at the regular 
worship service in the morning. Then 
for six days special revival meetings 
were held each afternoon. TTiere 
were 12 first-time decisions and 36 
rededications during this week. 
Brother Weaver taught classes on 
evangelism to the pastors and Chris- 
tian workers of the district Monday 
through Friday. These classes were 
well-attended; in fact, it was hard 
to stick to the subject as the pastors 
had many questions to ask their 

American colleague. Mrs. Weaver 
taught classes for the wives of the 
pastors and workers. The church 
members met each morning at 8:00 
for devotions and a challenge from 
the Word. The evangelistic meet- 
ings began at 4:30 p.m. each dav. 
The average attendance was about 
250. Dr. Floyd Taber and I trans- 
lated Brother Weaver's messages and 
class material. Mrs. Taber translated 
for Mrs. Weaver. 

The evangelistic meetings at Bos- 
sangoa got off to a good start with 
about five thousand people who 
gathered in the open-air market on 
Sundav afternoon, November 1. The 
next dav, however, a large thunder- 
storm approached just a few minutes 
before the meeting time, and con- 
sequently, the attendance was not 
too commendable. The average for 
the week was about five to six hun- 
dred. Over fifty pastors and work- 
ers attended the morning classes and 
a good number stayed after the after- 
noon service for a question-and-an- 
swer period in the evening. Again 
the church members met for a de- 
votional service each morning. Mrs. 
Weaver taught the wives of the 
workers and pastors. Dr. Taber and 
I translated for Brother Weaver, 
and Mrs. Robbins for Mrs. Weaver. 
There were 70 decisions for salvation 

and 81 for rededication of life during 
the week. 

The meetings at Yaloke began 
November 15, running through No- 
\'ember 20. There v\'ere excellent 
crowds at everv service with an aver- 
age attendance of 750. The last meet- 
ing was held in the market place, 
where the deacons counted 1,738 
people. Classes were held both for 
the pastors and workers and for their 
wives. I translated for Brother 
Weaver and my wife for Mrs. 
Weaver. Services were held each 
morning for the students of the 
James Cribble High School. Each day 
a number of the students made de- 
cisions—most of them for rededica- 
tion, and some for full-time service. 
The totals for the week, including 
the high-school students, were 250 
for salvation and 351 for rededication. 
In each meeting there were a number 
of folks who came forward for sal- 
vation who had been won to the 
Lord by the witness of the women, 
wives of the pastors and workers, 
as well as WMC members, who went 
out calling every afternoon. 

We praise the Lord for these re- 
vival meetings and the wav in which 
He brought our Brother Weaver 
here to Africa. We pray that in the 
future similar meetings may be real- 
ized as the Lord directs. ▼ 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

Brethren Foreign Missions 

. <.:^LuLU*Mdtt»^: 

Class on evangelism for pastors at Bossangoa 

There Is Hunger in Africa 

We found folks hungry for the 
Gospel wherever we went in Africa. 
Men and women would walk 70 
to 90 miles to get to the meetings. 
Attendances reached from one thou- 
sand to five thousand people. There 
were two questions that we were 
asked wherever we went: 

(1) When are you coming back? 

(2) Who else is coming? 

The saddest part of our experience 
was when we came to empty mission 
stations and the Africans would run 
out, thinking we had come to stay. 
We found it very hard to tell them 
we were just passing hy. 

Yes, they are hungry to hear the 

By Rev. Scott Weaver 

Gospel and to have more missionaries 
to help them. 

While God gave us many souls 
for Christ, we are mindful that the 
responsibilities are now greater than 
ever before. The revival we expe- 
rienced can be lost to the Commu- 
nists unless we are willing to make 
sacrifices. We need young people 
now who will give themselves for 
Africa. There are funds needed to 
send them, and equipment needed 
to put in their hands. 

We were made aware of the late- 
ness of the hour. These people are 
hungrv. Thev vvill not wait much 
longer. If we do not feed them, thev 

Boguila church 

will turn to other sources. The re- 
vivals of Bozoum, Betara, Batangafo, 
and Bangui could be just the begin- 
ning if we are willing to pay the 

I never realized before what men 
meant when they said: "Africa is a 
land of darkness, disease, and death." 
This is a true description. Malaria, 
parasites, and amoeba are enemies 

A "CARE" package will not feed 
their hunger. Only someone to tell 
them about Jesus will satisfy their 

We were not alone in Africa, for 
everywhere we went we saw the 
Chinese Communist looking for un- 
suspecting victims to take over. Some- 
one asked me the other day, "How 
do the Communists do it?" The an- 
swer is, "They sacrifice in lives and 
material to feed their opiates to the 
hungering multitudes." 

My prayer is that this will only be 
the beginning of revival. I also pray 
that we will not have to pass hy, but 
that the vacancies on our mission 
stations will all be filled. 

We need Brethren young people 
who will present their bodies a liv- 
ing sacrifice unto God . . . and 
mothers and dads who will turn away 
from materialism and pay the price 
for equipping and sending them to 
the hungry multitudes. T 

February 6, 1965 

Brethren Foreign Missions 


JANUARY 1, 1964 TO DECEMBER 31, 1964 


Accident, Md $ 300.00 

Aleppo, Pa 249.47 

Grafton, W. Va. 125.20 

Jenners, Pa 1,201.06 

Listie, Pa 2,147.77 

Meyersdale, Pa. 684.10 
Meversdale, Pa. 

(Summit Mills) 486.99 

Parkersburg, W. Va. 527.88 

Stoystovvn, Pa. (Reading) 208.00 

Uniontown, Pa. 3,539.76 

Washington, Pa. 1,005.30 

Westernport, Md. 282.85 

Allegheny District, Misc. 87.02 

$ 10,845.40 


Altoona, Pa. (First) $ 1,052.10 

Altoona, Pa. (Grace) 1,846.24 

Conemaugh, Pa. 2,866.51 

Conemaught, Pa. (Pike) 3,482.53 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Singer Hill) 1,575.63 

Duncansville, Pa. 2,050.08 

Everett, Pa. 2,027.34 
Hollidavsburg, Pa. 

(Vicksburg) 2,266.00 

Hopewell, Pa. 482.38 

Jefferson Center, Pa. 295.72 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) 7,261.20 
lohnstown. Pa. 

(Geistown) 801.78 
Johnstown, Pa. 

(Riverside) 455.91 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) 6,482.87 
Kittanning, Pa. 

(North Buffalo) 399.88 

Martinsburg, Pa. 5,524.12 

East District, Misc. 886.00 



Alto, Mich. $ 522.34 

Berrien Springs, Mich. 444.25 

Hastings, Mich. 26.50 

Jackson, Mich 156.80 

Lake Odessa, Mich. 1,252.52 

Lansing, Mich 260.58 

New Troy, Mich 621.00 

Ozark, Mich. 270.57 

Michigan District, Misc. 179.38 

$ 3,733.94 

Alexandria, Va. $ 806.53 

$ 39,756.29 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 



Hagerstown, Md. 

Fort Myers, Fla. 



2,06 L74 

Largo, Fla. 


Hagerstown, Md. 

Margate, Fla. 


(Gav Street) 


Pompano Beach, Fla. 


Hagerstown, Md. (Grace 
Martinsburg, W. Va. 



$ 5,723.39 

Seven Fountains, Va. 


Washington, D. C. 




Washington, D. C. 

Berne, Ind. 





Clay City, Ind 


Wavnesboro, Pa. 


Elkhart, Ind 


Winchester, Va. 


Flora, Ind. 


Mid-Atlantic District, 

Fort Wavne, Ind. (First 





Fort Wavne, Ind. (Grace 



Goshen, Ind. 


$ 23,974.10 

Kokomo, Ind. 


Leesburg, Ind 



Mount Prospect, 111. 


Albuquerque, N. Mex. 
Arvada, Colo. 



Osceola, Ind. 



Peru, Ind. 


Beaver Citv, Nebr. 


Sellersburg, Ind 


Chevenne, Wyo. 


Sidnev, Ind 


Cuba, N. Mex. 


South Bend, Ind. 


Denver, Colo. 


Warsaw, Ind. 


Portis, Kans. 


Wheaton, 111. 


Taos, N. Mex. 


Winona Lake, Ind. 


Indiana District, Misc. 




$ 44,528.86 


Allentown, Pa. 




Harrisburg, Pa. 


Hatboro, Pa. 


Cedar Rapids, Iowa 



Lancaster, Pa. 


Dallas Center, Iowa 


Manheim, Pa. 


Davenport, Iowa 


Palmvra, Pa. 


Garwin, Iowa 


Philadelphia, Pa. (First 



Leon, Iowa 


Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 


North English, Iowa 


York, Pa 


(Pleasant Grove) . . . 

Waterloo, Iowa 


$ 22,356.10 

Winona, Minn 


Iowa District, Misc. 



Chico, Calif 





Grass Valley, Calif. 


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Brethren Foreign Missions 

Modesto, Calif. 

(Community) 198.92 

Modesto, Calif. 

(La Loma) 9,871.72 

Sacramento, Calif. 208.78 

San Jose, Calif 385.34 

Tracy, Calif 884.91 

Nor-Cal District, Misc. 10.00 

$ 11,919.72 

Akron, Ohio (Fairlawn) $ 756.25 

Akron, Ohio (First) . 2,390.50 

Ankenytown, Ohio . 1,828.95 
Ashland, Ohio 

(Keen and Budd) 2,079.39 
Ashland, Ohio 

(W. 10th St.) 5,098.80 

Canton, Ohio 1,434.00 

Cleveland, Ohio 987.03 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio . . 1,616.97 

Danville, Ohio 693.00 

Elyria, Ohio 721.45 

Findlav, Ohio 1,447.04 

Fremont, Ohio (Grace) 2,529.52 

Gallon, Ohio 49.19 

Homerville, Ohio 1,327.97 

Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 31,137.13 
Mansfield, Ohio 

(Woodville) 1,628.69 

Middlebranch, Ohio 7,190.00 

Norton Village, Ohio . 567.77 

Rittman, Ohio 4,981.28 

Sterling, Ohio 1,552.82 

Wooster, Ohio 14,939.87 
Northern Ohio District, 

Misc 218.50 

$ 85,176.12 

Albany, Oreg $ 1,212.39 

Bothell, Wash. ! 54.09 

Grandview, Wash. 1,133.07 

Harrah, Wash 1,958.08 

Kent, Wash 972.32 

Portland, Oreg 1,762.28 

Seattle, Wash 328.60 

Spokane, Wash 88.56 

Sunnyside, Wash 3,668.27 

Toppenish, Wash 231.36 

Yakima, Wash 525.35 

Northwest District, Misc. 60.80 

HolHns, Va 1,178.24 

Johnson City, Tenn. 133.72 

Limestone, Tenn 1,273.42 

Radford, Va 240.12 

Riner, Va 5.00 

Roanoke, Va. 

(Clearbrook) 570.00 

Roanoke, Va. 

(Garden City) 230.00 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 2,101.79 
Roanoke, Va. 

(Wash. Heights) 600.80 

Starkey, Va 25.00 

Virginia Beach, Va. 167.59 

Southeast District, Misc. 225.00 

$ 11,995.17 


Buena Vista, Va $ 1,068.41 

Covington, Va 1,000.36 

$ 8,819.45 


Anaheim, Calif $ 245.45 

Arlington, Calif 93.00 

Artesia, Calif 229.32 

Beaumont, Calif 3,486.35 

Bell, Calif 909.21 

Bellflower, Calif. 1,708.24 

Compton, Calif 2,767.68 

Fillmore, Calif 871.30 

Gardena, Calif 397.83 

Glendale, Calif 992.66 

Glendora, Calif. . 25.00 

Grand Terrace, Calif. , , 84.43 

Inglewood, Calif. , 4,805.85 

La Habra, Calif 1,651.01 

La Puente, Calif 250.00 

La Verne, Calif 1,626.48 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(First) 28,496.23 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(Los Altos) 2,843.44 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(North) 24,721.36 

Los Angeles, Calif. 

(Community) 1,882.45 

Montclair, Cahf 838.10 

Norwalk, Calif 8,393.85 

Paramount, Calif 1,247.25 

Phoenix, Ariz 1,296.31 

Rialto, Calif 901.95 

San Bernardino, Calif. 1,807.27 

San Diego, Calif 171.74 

Seal Beach, Calif 6,470.77 

Simi, Calif 530.13 

South Gate, Calif 1,904.64 

South Pasadena, Calif. . 605.78 

Temple City, Calif. 623.21 

Tucson, Ariz 101.95 

Westminster, Calif 1,846.63 

Whittier, Calif. 

(Community) 5,998.03 

Whittier, Calif. (First) 4,569.85 

Brethren Schools, Long 

Beach, Calif 214.53 

Southern California- 
Arizona District, Misc. 84.39 



Brookville, Ohio $ 462.99 

Camden, Ohio 241.50 

Clayhole, Ky 168.02 

Clayton, Ohio 3,297.22 

Covington, Ohio 10.00 

Davton, Ohio 

(Basore Road) 444.50 

Davton, Ohio (First) 7,765.02 

Dayton, Ohio (Grace) 151.56 
Davton, Ohio 

(Huber Heights) 230.25 
Davton, Ohio 

(North Riverdale) . . 9,659.53 
Davton, Ohio 

(Patterson Park) 3,689.85 

Drvhill, Kv 116.99 

Englewood, Ohio 2,181.32 

Kettering, Ohio 647.32 

Trotwood, Ohio , 545.33 

Trov, Ohio 1,246.05 

Vandalia, Ohio 1,023.50 

West Alexandria, Ohio 190.72 
Southern Ohio District, 

Misc 5.00 

$ 32,076.67 


Akron, Ohio 

(Hillwood Chapel) $ 235.09 
Brethren Missionary 

Herald Company' 1,000.00 

Brethren Youth Council 63.06 
Grace College and 

Seminarv 1,301.40 

Hawaii . ' 536.50 

National Laymen 8.03 

National Miscellaneous 6,769.40 

National SMM 1,292.18 

National WMC 14,843.30 

North English, Iowa 

(Cah'ary) 1,050.00 

Puerto Rico 16.54 

Special for Africa: 

Irvin L. Young 

Foundation 16,747.11 

Atlas Tag Company 3,000.00 

$ 46,862.61 
Total Gifts to F.M.S. , $483,211.13 

February 6, 1965 

Brethren Foreign Missions 


(Written while on board 
shif, returning to 



Souls still without hope, still lost in sin, 

Still those who have never been told 
That Christ bore their sins, when He died on the cross, 

Paid the price that they might be free. 
Might be saved from their sins and from hell's cruel 

Might have life everlasting above. 
Might become God's own sons with great blessings un- 

And might be what He wants them to be. 

Yes, of this I'm aware— I've heard it before— 

And I have responded quite well. 
Whv, ten dollars I gave for missions last year, 

Plus one dollar more now and then; 
And whenever I think of the ones on the field 

And their work for the Lord over there 
(Once a month, more or less, they all come to mv mind), 

I utter a short prayer for them. 


"You should give more and pray more," you answer me? 

You think that I ought to do more. 
Perhaps even go, if the Lord should so lead? 

I could never do that, oh, no! 
Give more and prav more— that maybe I can. 

I'll try to give fifteen next time; 
And one day a week I'll set for prayer. 

And pray ninety seconds or so. 

And thus pass the years, oh, so swiftly by; 

But for them I have much to show: 
My beautiful home with its landscaped yard 

And all the things in it so fine. 
There are all sorts of gadgets, equipment, and such 

Collected for hobbies and leisure. 
When one brought no jov, I have tried something else; 

I so wish for jov to be mine. 

Then everything changed, when death claimed me; 

I now see things differently. 
The things of earth's life that soon pass away 

Had robbed me. Oh, how great the cost! 
And I now get a glimpse of what it is like 

For a soul to be eternally lost- 
Lost without hope, condemned, no reprieve- 
Lost . . . throughout all ages lost. 

Oh, how needless a loss, for souls to be lost, 

Souls that could have been saved. 
How tragic the loss of Christ's work on the cross 

For them— for them 'twas in vain. 
All in vain did He bear all their sins on the tree 

And the freedom He bought for them there. 
Oh, how senseless the loss, irreparable loss! 

Loss that is nobodv's gain. 

Am I to go free without anv blame? 

Oh, no, this never could be. 
I rejected God's will and ignored His Word, 

Where He told me what I should do. 
His commandment was plain; my job was made clear: 

To spread the Good News far and near; 
Tell others of Jesus; then teach them His Word. 

But I fell far short, this I knew. 

And so down in hell there are souls that are lost- 
Lost because I didn't care. 

Cared not enough to seek them out 
And tell them of Christ's love; 

Cared not enough to earnestly pray 
Until the vict'ry was won; 

Cared not enough to abundantly give 
And lay up my treasures above. 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

Brethren Foreign Missions 


The months of June and July, 
1964, were exciting ones for the small 
missionary force in Brazil. For one 
year, only Rev. and Mrs. John 
Zielasko, Re\'. and Mrs. Randall May- 
cumber, and Miss Barbara Hulse had 
been on the field. Then in quick 
succession the George Johnsons, 
Ralph Schwartzes, and Bill Burks 
arrived. Very shortly a field council 
meeting was held— a meeting in 
which we all sensed the blessing and 
direction of the Lord. 

In his official greeting to the re- 
turning missionaries and the new 
family, chairman Zielasko referred to 
I Corinthians 16:17: "I am glad for 
the coming of Stephanas and Fortu- 
natus and Achaicus: for that which 
was lacking on your part they have 
supplied." Another version says: 
"They have been making up for the 
help you aren't here to give me." 
We have been very much aware of a 
lack— a need of help— during the 
previous year, and therefore we truly 
rejoiced with the return of the Burks 
and Johnsons and the arrival of the 

The entire staff of missionaries was on the field for a part of the summer. Left to 
right; the Johnsons. Schwartzes, Burks, Maycumbers, Zielaskos, and Miss Hulse. 

Schwartzes. Their presence in Brazil 
would partially fulfill the need, they 
would supply a portion of that which 
had been lacking— but only a small 

A study made during field coun- 
cil revealed many, many towns right 
in the immediate area without a 
true evangelical testimony, and the 
figure would grow astronomical if we 
considered all of Brazil. 

"Do you not say it is still four 
months until harvest time comes: 
I tell you, raise your eyes and ob- 
serve the fields and see how they 
are already white for harvesting. The 
harvest is indeed plentiful, but the 
laborers are few. So pray the Lord of 
the harvest to force out and thrust 
laborers into His harvest." T 

—From the Brazil staff 

Forty Churches Exceed $3,000 

1. Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) $31,137.13 

2. Long Beach, Calif. (First) 28,496.23 

3. Long Beach, Calif. (North) 24,721.36 

4. Wooster, Ohio 14,939.87 

5. Modesto, Calif. (La Loma) 9,871.72 

6. Dayton, Ohio (North Riverdale) 9,659.53 

7. Norwalk, Calif 8,393.85 

8. Winona Lake, Ind 7,909.01 

9. Dayton, Ohio (First) 7,765.02 

10. Johnstown, Pa. (First) 7,261.20 

11. Middlebranch, Ohio (Grace) 7,190.00 

12. Waterloo, Iowa 7,161.64 

13. Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 6,883.97 

14. Waynesboro, Pa 6,680.27 

15. Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 6,490.23 

16. Kittanning, Pa. (First) 6,482.87 

17. Seal Beach, Calif 6,470.77 

18. Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 6,117.65 

19. Whittier, Calif. (Community) 5,998.03 

20. Martinsburg, Pa 5,524.12 

21. Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 5,117.14 

22. Ashland, Ohio (W. 10th St.) 5,098.80 

23. Osceola, Ind 5,005.35 

24. Rittman, Ohio 4,981.28 

25. Inglewood, Calif 4,805.85 

26. South Bend, Ind 4,606.87 

27. Berne, Ind 4,605.42 

28. Whittier, Calif. (First) 4,569.85 

29. Fort Lauderdale, Fla 4,439.98 

30. Washington, D. C. (First) 4,165.12 

31. Dayton, Ohio (Patterson Park) 3,689.85 

32. Sunnyside, Wash 3,668.27 

33. Uniontown, Pa 3,539.76 

34. Beaumont, Calif 3,486.35 

35. Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 3,482.53 

36. Portis, Kans 3,363.00 

37. Warsaw, Ind 3,302.44 

38. Clayton, Ohio 3,297.22 

39. Han-isburg, Pa 3,148.69 

40. Winchester, Va 3,094.68 

February 6, 7965 

Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 

I I 



" _ 


"The king's daughter is all glo- 
rious within" (Ps. 45:13). 

Girls, how wonderFul it is to be a 
daughter of the King! Perhaps at 
times you would prefer to be more 
queenly in vour appearance and 
dress, but God doesn't look on the 
outside. Just remember that to be 
reallv beautiful, one must have the 
Lord Jesus living in the heart. The 
adornment of the inner life is in the 
sight of God of great price, and that 
adornment is reflected in the face. 
God's Word says, "Let your light so 
shine before men, that they may see 
vouT good works, and glorifv vour 
Father which is in heaven." 

When Simon-Pierre, our swarthv 
brother from Africa, visited us a few 
months ago, we noticed that every- 
where he went the children gathered 
about him. Thev loved him. I am 
sure the attraction was not his color, 
nor the fine clothes he wore, nor vet 
the broken English he spoke. He 
loved His Master and wanted to 
please Him. It was the beauty of the 
Lord Jesus in his heart that shone 
daily in his dusky face. 

Let us think again of Mary, the 
sister of Martha. She sat on a foot- 
stool at the feet of Jesus, watching 
His face and listening to His words. 
She pondered them in her heart and 
hid them there. She was eager to 


hear and become all glorious within. 
She was a true daughter of the King, 
and the Lord said she had chosen the 
better part. 

Today there are King's daughters 
all oyer the v\orld from many tribes 

Mrs. Jobson 

and tongues and nations. Many of 
them are all glorious within, radiat- 
ing the beauty of the King, for God 
is no respecter of persons. 

Some years ago in Africa there 
lived a young girl by the name of 
Rachel. She never heard of the Lord 
and of his love until the mission- 

By Mrs. Orville D. Jobson 

aries went to her village. She re- 
ceived the Lord into her heart and 
quickly learned the full gospel story. 
She read the Word and taught it to 
others. Many other girls also came 
to know the Lord through her wit- 
ness. Later she married an evan- 
gelist; together thev walked fifty 
miles to a village where they located, 
and there they lived and taught the 
people about the Lord. In this vil- 
lage Rachel lived a fruitful Christian 
life before her heathen sisters. She 
was truly one of the King's daugh- 
ters, all glorious within. 

This is a real privilege we have, 
girls, to serve the Lord and live for 
Him. This world needs the radiant 
light from your heart, where Jesus 
dwells. May your lives be like water- 
ed gardens, all glorious within. 

"Lord help me live from day to day. 
In such a self -forgetful way, 
That even when I kneel to pray, 
My prayer shall be for others. 

"Help me in every thing I do, 
To ever be sincere and true 
And know that all I do for You, 
Must needs be done for others. 

"Others, Lord, yes, others. 
Let this my motto be, 
Help me to li\'e for others. 
That I may live like Thee." ▼ 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 




Psalm 37:4 and 5 says, "Delight thyself also in the Lord; and 
he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way 
unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." 
These two verses contain for me a very special promise from the 

I can remember a few years ago when these verses meant noth- 
ing to me. I was a Christian and had a good time. But I didn't 
have an inner peace and joy which many other Christians had. 
Finally, having a good time became boring, as I had to start thinking 
about the future. I had to open my eves to reality and start look- 
ing for what it was that other Christians possessed. 

It was then that I read these two verses. It was then that I under- 
stood what my life was lacking. I found that if I would delight my- 
self in the Lord, commit my way unto Him, and trust in Him, mv 
desires would be His desires and my will v\'ould be His will. Since 
then I have had a good time on the outside, but what is best is that 
peace and joy which comes from within. 

Sandra Burns 

(SMM editor's note: All SMM 
materials should he ordered front 




Part of this offering will be used for equipment for the Cha- 
teau of France and part will be used for higher education of 
missionary children. 

Dear SMM, 

The other day we received notification 
through the foreign missions office that 
the Sisterhood of Mary and Martha had 
made me a gift to help with my college 

I want to express my sincere appreciation 
for this generous gift. 

I am now in the American College in Paris and thinking 
of attending Grace College next year, the Lord willing. 

I will be looking forward to seeing you next year. 

Thanking you again, 

Becky Fogle 

News Items 

Send them to your 
SMM editor: 

Judy Kirkpatrick 
Grace College 

Residence Hall 
Winona Lake, Indiana 


Vice President — Ruth Ann Rogers, Route 
2, Duncansville, Pennsylvania 

Secretary — Janice Campbell, 1100 East 
Eighth Avenue. Johnson City, Tennessee 

Literature Secretary — Sandra Bums, c/o 
Brethren Youth Council, Box 365, Winona 
Lake, Indiana 

Editor — Judy Kirkpatrick, Grace College 
Residence Hall, Winona Lake. Indiana 

Patroness— Mrs. Ralph Hall, Route 3, War- 
saw, Indiana 

Assistant Patroness — Mrs. Robert Wise, 276 
College Street, Wadsworth, Ohio 

Devotional Program Chairman — Mrs. Thom- 
as Inman, 590 S. Dale Court, Denver, 

February 6, 1965 




PRAISE the Lord for a new Breth- 
ren family (formerly from Hagers- 
town, Maryland) who are helping 
the Edmund Leeches with the Sun- 
day school and youth work at Wai- 

PRAISE the Lord for the many 
personal contacts made by the Max- 
well Brennemans as they distributed 
tracts during the Christmas season. 
Pray that they will have opportunity 
to follow up these contacts. 

PRAISE God for the good results 
and blessing of the recent national 
conference of African churches. 

PRAY concerning the entrance of 
Gordon Austin's radio equipment. 
We haye permission for part of it 
to enter; pray that all of it may be 
allowed to enter the country. 

PRAY for Key. and Mrs. Ralph 
Schwartz as they continue in their 
study of Portuguese, that they might 
become fluent in the language. 


PRAY for Eyangelism Sunday, 
February 28. Pray that individuals 
and churches may rededicate them- 
selves to the great task of soul-win- 
ning, and pray that the offering re- 
ceived on this Sunday for the Board 
of Eyangelism will meet every need 
and enable more evangelists to be 
thrust out into the field. 

PRAY for the ministry of Ron 
Thompson in Yakima and Kent, 
Washington, as he conducts evan- 
gelistic campaigns in these cities dur- 
ing February. 


PRAY that the results of the Grace 
Bible Conference may prove to be 
deeply beneficial to both schools. 

PRAY for the realization of the 
contemplated plans for new library 
facilities on Grace campus. 

PRAISE God for the good begin- 
ning of the second semester in both 

the college and seminary, and pray 
that it may continue with blessing 
until the end of the school year. 

PRAY for the increased efforts 
no\\' being put forth in the area of 
development for the benefit of Grace 

PRAY for the health of the fac- 
ulty as they must constantly assume 
increasing responsibilities as the 
school progresses. 


PRAY for the western home-mis- 
sion workshop to be held at the 
Brethren Navajo Mission March 9 to 

PRAY for the recent changes in 
personnel at Dryhill and Clayhole, 

PRAY for the new work being 
started in Orlando, Florida. 

PRAY for the establishment of a 
Brethren church in Elizabethtown, 
Pennsylvania, bv the self-supporting 
Lancaster church. 

PRAY for a good Minute-Man re- 
sponse to the need in Sacramento, 


PRAY that every church will enter 
into the lovalty campaign with real 
purpose of development for everv 

PRAY that plans made in the 
recent executive committee meeting 
of the Sunday-school board may be 
put into effect. 

PRAY that details may be finished 
in relation to the National Sunday 
School Convention, August, 1965. 

PRAY that 1965 financial needs 
may be met for the National Sunday 
School Board. 


PRAY for our national SMM of- 
ficers as they meet for their cabinet 
meeting the first part of March. 

PRAY for our Little Sisters and 

Juniors during the month of Feb- 

PRAISE the Lord for all patron- 
esses, local, district, and national. 

PRAY for each SMM as they 
have their spring cabinet meeting. 


PRAY that as WMC ladies we 
will enter into the full meaning of 
our studies in the book of Hebrews. 

PRAY for a new vision in each 
WMC Council for foreign mission 

PRAY that all plans made will be 
His and not ours. 


PRAY that the decisions made 
during Youth Week will be ones 
which will cause Christ to be seen 
in these lives. 

PRAY for the National Achieve- 
ment Competition contests which 
will decide those to represent the dis- 
tricts in camp. 

PRAY for the National Youth 
Camp Committee as they formulate 
the plans for the 1965 camp. 

PRAY that our youth will have a 
constant awareness of the wiles of 
the devil. 


PRAISE the Lord for the 1964 
publication offering, which has ex- 
ceeded the goal of $20,000. 

PRAISE the Lord for an 8 per 
cent increase in all the Herald Com- 
pany's business last year. 

PRAY that more Brethren churches 
will become 100 per cent subscrib- 
ers to the Missionary Herald maga- 
zine during 1965. 


PRAISE the Lord for those lay- 
men and laymen's groups who are 
continuing their support of the 
scholarship fund. 

PRAY for those laymen who will 
be taking part in services on Evan- 
gelism Sunday, February 28. Ask 
the Lord to make this day one of 
real blessing as laymen participate in 
the worship services and assist in rais- 
ing an offering for the Board of 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

• Inspiration •Fellowship •Recreation 



National Fellowship of Brethren Churches Conference 



The 1965 conference of the National Fellov^ship of Brethren Churches promises 
to be an outstanding one in all respects. Meetings will be held in the Lafayette 
Hotel and the Long Beac Municipal Auditorium, with afternoons open for sight- 

As indicated bv the map ibove and the Knott's Berrv Farm insert, there are many 
points of interest nearby. Those from the east planning to attend conference will 
enjoy a delightful trip through many scenic areas, and if vou have additional time 
available, points of interest nearby will make your conference trip all the more en- 

You'll want to watch for more information which will appear in the Missionary 
Herald, regarding housing and a planned tour of Hawaii Brethren mission points fol- 
lowins conference. 

August 16-22, 1965 

Long Beach, California 

Currently Being Planned: Tour of Hawaii Following Conference 

February 6, 7965 29 

Women's Missionary Council 

By Mrs. H. Leslie Moore 

National WMC 
First Vice President 



"The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad" (Ps. 126:3). 
Many times this verse has come to mind as I have thought of the goodness of 
my Lord to me. I was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, into a wonderful 
home, the fourth of five daughters of William and Elizabeth Miller. This 
home was one where Mother and Dad both loved the Lord, and we were 
taught early in life, by precept and example, the meaning of salvation and 
service to the Lord. I was "born again" at the age of eight in the First 
Brethren Church of Johnstown under the ministry of Dr. Charles Ashman. 
I appreciate my early traaing there in the C.E., SMM, and choir. It was 
at an evening service there that I met my husband, who came to visit our 
church. The Lord heard my prayers for him, and he soon came to a sav- 
ing knowledge of Jesus Christ. The day I became Mrs. H. Leslie Moore was 
one of the happiest days of my life. 

Little did I realize the path the Lord had chosen for our life. We tried 
to be active in the work of our local church and had a very interesting time 
with the young people's group, inviting them to our home for singspirations 
and parties. This seemed the perfect life for us, and I was absolutely content. 
Then one evening, as we walked the ten blocks from church to our home, 
my husband told me he felt led of the Lord to give his life in full-time 
service. I tried to talk him out of it, but it became the main topic of con- 
versation, especially as we would walk from the church to our home. After 
several months of resisting the pleading of the Lord, we both yielded our 
lives to our Lord to use as He saw fit. We had a peace in our hearts that we 
hadn't had before. But the Lord seemed to say, "Wait awhile." 

About a year later a brown-eyed girl, the image of her daddy, was born to 
bless our home. (Linda is now happily married and a senior at Grace Col- 
lege.) When she was a year and five days old, we left Johnstown for Winona 
Lake, Indiana, where my husband enrolled in Grace Seminary. Since that 
time we have endeavored to serve the Lord in Huntington, Indiana, New 
Troy, Michigan, Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, and Sunnyside, Washington. 
During this time, I have also served as a district and national patroness of 

Through these years we have met many wonderful Christians, who have 
enriched our lives with their love for our Lord. Manv have been men and 
women who are aged, whose testimony for the Lord was as clear as the day 
they accepted Him. Others have been young people and children who have 
inspired us with their enthusiasm and zeal for their Saviour. And then there 
have been those of in-between years who have been friends and fellow- 
laborers, encouraging us as we sought to do His will. 

At this writing we are terminating our ministry in Sunnyside. What are 
we going to do? The future is still in God's hands. Over 21 years ago we 
left the home church to go out "by faith"; we must still walk by faith, not 
by sight. But I praise His name for the promises He gives, for "He Is Faith- 
ful That Promised." 

The song writer sums it up for me like this: 
"I know who holds the future, and I know He holds my hand, 
With God things don't just happen, everything by Him is planned. 
So as I face tomorrow, with its problems, large and small, 
I'll trust the God of miracles, give to Him my all. 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

Women's Missionary Council 


"But seek ye first the kingdom of 
God, and his righteousness; and all 
these things shall be added unto 

With each yearly celebration of 
Christmas and New Year's, we are 
made more aware of the fact that 
we live in a world of things. Never 
before has it been so evident that 
people are seeking for lasting satis- 
faction. The tragedy of it is that 
many are seeking it through "things." 
Many souls who have been strongly 
influenced by this great and demand- 
ing world of things have equated it 
with life itself. To them, life is a 
great disappointment, as they never 
seem able to acquire enough. True 
satisfaction and fulfillment, for 
which they seek, are but a delusion. 

What is God's answer to this 
human problem? It is found in our 
text, when a soul seeks the kingdom 
of God and His righteousness, he 
experiences lasting satisfaction and 
fulfillment. The emptiness of the 
world of things is displaced by the 
fullness of new life in Christ. God 
supplies all the things needed to en- 
rich the life and to develop it for His 
glory. Material things of life then 
take on a new perspective. They 
become means for the glorification of 
God rather than for the satisfaction 
of the flesh. Life takes on new mean- 
ing, and satisfaction increases with 
every passing day. 

But, be careful Christian, for now 
you must guard constantly that this 
new perspective always remains pre- 

February 6, 7965 

dominant in your life. The allure 
of the world toward material things 
is an ever-present force. There are 
three steps of faith which, if taken, 
will keep us from yielding to this 
force. They are surrender, devotion, 
and service. 

First, we must surrender ourselves 
to Christ. He must occupy first place 
in our lives. As it is stated in Romans 
12:1, the Amplified version, "I ap- 
peal to you therefore, brethren, and 
beg of you in view of all the mer- 
cies of God, to make a decisive dedi- 
cation of your bodies— 'presenting all 
your inembers and faculties— as a liv- 
ing sacrifice, holy and well pleas- 
ing to God." Our very thoughts, in- 
tents, motives, and actions must be 
surrendered to Christ. The more that 
we become possessed with Christ 
and His likeness, the less we will de- 
sire to satisfy ourselves. We will 
then, be able to say, "He must in- 
crease, but I must decrease." We 
will also begin to see the world of 
things through His eyes. Every 
visible object of this world is passing 
away. We realize that there is no 
value in things alone; they are val- 
uable only as thev are used to glorify 

Secondly, we must have a deep 
devotion to God and His work. This 
is certainly what is meant in Mat- 
thew 6:33, the "kingdom of God, 
and his righteousness." This in- 
volves all that is native to God, the 
church, the Bible, and the Gospel. 
The interest of our lives must be 
centered in these things. All else 
will then become dim and unat- 
tractive. Colossians 3:1 and 2 ex- 
presses this truth. "If ye then be risen 
with Christ, seek those things which 
are above, where Christ sitteth on 
the right hand of God. Set your af- 
fection on things above, not on things 
on the earth." Today as never be- 
fore, we need a renewed devotion to 
the things of God! Herein is true 
satisfaction and fulfillment. Devo- 
tion to God and His work is one 
essential quality by which a world 
can be won to Jesus Christ. 

Thirdly, the service that we ren- 
der to Christ is a safeguard against 
placing our value on things less than 
the best. The more we are occupied 
with His work, the more we will 
seek to implement the physical for 

His glory. The value and need of 
physical things will then be seen as 
a means of promoting the work of 
God. Paul exhorts us in I Corin- 
thians 6:20, "For ye are bought with 
a price: therefore glorify God in 
your body, and in your spirit, which 
are God's." All that we possess should 
be used to the praise and honor of 
our Lord. 

This is not a day for Christians 
to be trying to live for Christ on the 
one hand while courting the things 
of the world on the other. The only 
results in this kind of living are dis- 
appointment, dissatisfaction, and de- 
feat. The work of Christ also suffers. 
Let us remember that to the de- 
gree that we trust in outward things 
for our happiness, this will be the 
degree of our failing to take the steps 
of faith and enjoy the blessings that 
God has for us. May we also be 
mindful of many around us who 
may sense that there must be more 
to life than "things" but who have 
not yet discovered the answer that we 
know in Christ. They need us, not 
only to preach to them, but also to 
practice before them some vital, 
practical Christianity. By God's grace 
may the command and promise of 
Matthew 6:33 be a definite reality 
in our lives for the glory of Christ, 
for the salvation of others, and for 
the eternal satisfaction of our souls. 

By Mrs. Robert Firl 

Temple City, California 


Women's Missionary Council 

By Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

Glendale, California 

"Dad, does God call you to do 
something you'll enjoy? I mean, can 
or will you enjoy the job God wants 
Vou to do if it's not what vou prefer 

As Dad spoke with his son. Moth- 
er's heart was carried back to the 
time when the now 17-year-old was 
about seven. We were living in 
Roanoke, and a family friend asked 
Paul; "Are you going to be a preacher 
like your Dad when you grow up?" 

"I don't think so," he solemnly 
replied. "I want to be a policeman." 

Somewhat surprised, Mrs. G. re- 
plied: "Can you serve the Lord in 
that kind of work?" 

Now it was Paul's turn to be sur- 
prised. "Yes, Ma'am. When some- 
body gets shot or sumpthin', I'll say: 
'Sir, do you know Jesus? If you 
don't, you will not get to heaven.' 
Then when he answers, I will tell 
him about Jesus." Thus the lad's 
plan was uncluttered, clear, sure to 

By now Dad was saying: "Son, no 

believer is ever completely happy in 
any work if God hasn't definitely led 
that way. But God is interested more 
in our joy than in our happiness. The 
latter is dependent upon what hap- 
pens; jov is the result of the heart's 
resting in the Lord's love and will 
regardless of outward circumstances. 

"Whatever you believe, Paul, rest 
in the certainty that God will not 
ask vou to go into any definite line 
of work which may not appeal to you 
just to be contrary. If vou should be 
directed into an area which isn't 
interesting to you at the moment, 
remember that God knows all there 
is to know about you. He has eter- 
nity's values in view and wants you 
to look in that direction, also." 

"Yes, Dad, but I still feel drawn 

toward law enforcement work of 
some type. Could the Lord approve 
of that?" 

"Certainly. He knows the need of 
society for men to assist in the main- 
tenance of law and order. But if in 
His omniscience He knows this is 
not the best place for you with the 
personality vou are, He may not 

"When will I know?" 

"You have time. When you get 
to college, things will begin to 'jell' 
for you. Through prayer, professors, 
His Word, God will lead until sud- 
denly and almost unexpectedly you 
will know beyond shadow of doubt. 
Just keep .a tender heart toward your 
Lord, my son. God will not force His 
{Continued on page 34) 


Miss Edith Geske , 

B. p. 13, Bozoum via Bangui. Central African Republic 

Mrs. Robert S. Williams 

Batangafo via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Jonathan Eric Ball April 

B. p. 13, Bozoum via Bangui. Central African Republic 


Mrs. E. Nelson Fay 

Corrientes 2. Almafuerte. F.C.B.M.. Prov, Cordoba, Argentina, S. A. 

Colleen Marv Austin April 

%Miss Bertha' Abel, I. Arias 3360, Castelar. F.C.D.F.S., Argentina, S. A. 

Peter Philip Marshall April 

Circunscripcion 4, Seccion 4; Manzana 9. Casa 6: Ciudad General Belgrano. 

Mrs. Gordon L. Austin 

VcMiss Bertha Abel, I. Arias 3360, Castelar, F.C.D.F.S., Argentina, S. A 

James Kevin Johnson 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem. Para, Brazil 

Miss Barbara Hulse 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 

Leilani Lou Tresise 

95303 Waioni St.. Wahiawa, Oahu. Hawaii 96786 

Mrs. Phillip Guerena 

Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 

Mrs, Siblev M. Edmiston 

519 SunsetLane, San Ysidro, CaUfomia 92073, USA 

Nancy Joyce Brenneman 

P. o' Box 10144. Caparra Heights, Puerto Rico 00922 

Suzan Marie Goodman 

305 N. 13th St.. Sunnyside, Washington 98944 

Rev. Solon W. Hovt 

R. R. 3. Warsaw, Indiana 46580 

Lou Ann Mavcumber 

Route 2, Box 318. Wooster, Ohio 

John Robert Zielasko 

29 S. Delaware Ave, Minersville. Pennsylvania 

Paula Ann Bishop 

333 N. lOth, Sunnyside, Washington 98944 

David George Goodman 

305 N. 13th St., Sunnyside. Washington 98944 

Robert Luis Dowdy 

1325 South Butler Ave., Compton, CaUfomia 

Donald E. Bishop 

333 N. lOth. Sunnyside, Washington 98944 


April 6 
April 1 5 
23, 1963 

April 6 

8, 1956 

23, 1953 

, Argentina, 

April 29 

19, 1956 
April 27 

April 15, 1956 

April 5 
April 14 

April 24, 1954 

April 1, 1952 
April 2 
8, 1955 
10, 1948 
15, 1955 
21, 1947 
26, 1948 
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Brethren Missionary Herald 

Women's Missionary Council 


Mrs. Roy Snyder, Missionary 
in an African Metropolis 

Compiled by Marcia Wardell 

She's back in the city again— this 
servant of the Lord for whom life 
began in Philadelphia. But the city 
she now calls "home" is a long way 
from Philadelphia, for it's in the 
heart of Africa. And how she happens 
to be in Africa is not hard to under- 
stand when one hears her testimony: 

"I praise the Lord for Christian 
parents who brought me up to love 
the Lord— also, for a church (First 
Brethren of Philadelphia) that taught 
me the Word and encouraged me in 
every way. Our home was opened 
to missionaries traveling to and from 
Africa and Argentina. I got to know 
many missionaries, and this was a 
great influence on me. They patted 
me on the head and said, 'We'll see 
vou in Africa (or Argentina) some- 
day.' " 

The earlv influences bore fruit. 
Ruth Croker Snyder is now in her 
fourth term of missionary service. 

Among the recollections of her 
childhod, one thing she cannot for- 
get. It is that during vacation Bible 
school when she was nine, she re- 
ceived Christ as her Saviour through 
a little chorus which says: 
"Romans ten and nine is a favorite 
verse of mine; 
Confessing Christ as Lord, I am 

saved by grace divine; 
For there the words of promise in 

golden letters shine: 
Romans ten and nine." 

Another memory is that of enjoy- 
ing the trips to New York to see 
missionaries off for their fields. It 
was always exciting to roam the big 
ships to look in all the doors and 
rooms, and to wave goodby as long 
as the ship could be seen. 

As a teen-ager ("I was an average 

one," she says) she enjoved Sundav 
trips to Keswick Bible Conference 
in New Jersey. The "victorious life" 
teaching she found especially mean- 

As far as education is concerned, 
after high-school graduation she at- 
tended evening school at the Phila- 
delphia School of the Bible while 
working for Bendix Aviation during 
the day (this was during World War 
II). In 1944 she was graduated from 
Bible school and the next year went 
on to Grace Seminary, finishing a 
two-year course in Christian educa- 
tion in 1947. "I met Roy there that 
year and we were married. I then re- 
turned to Grace with him, took more 
training, and graduated with a theo- 
logical diploma (along with Roy) in 

Ruth's interest in missions, which 
had begun early in her life, con- 
tinued to grow. "The culmination 
came during a missionary conference 
at Grace when I said a final 'Yes' to 
the Lord with 'no strings attached.' 
Roy and I considered many fields of 
service but were both led to Africa 
after hearing of the tremendous need 
and feeling we could help to meet 
that need in a small way. 

"We sailed for France in 1949, 
studied French there until July, 1950, 
and then went to the field in Africa. 
The first term was a hard one for 
me— twice I had to make the long 
trip out to the Cameroons for sur- 
gery. But the Lord spared my life 
(though some thought I'd never make 
it). I'm sure He still has a work for 
me to do." 

The Snvders were assigned to 
Bouca, and they spent their first 
three missionary terms there, their 

duties being many and diverse as 
missionary-pastor and wife in charge 
of a mission station and the surround- 
ing area. Working with women and 
girls was Mrs. Snvder's special joy. 

Just this past October, following 
furlough in the United States, the 
Snyders returned to Africa— to a lo- 
cation and duties different from those 
of their former terms. As the field 
had observed the trend of large num- 
bers of Africans moving from the 
bush villages to the capital city, 
Bangui, they saw a definite, increas- 
ing need for work among the city's 
growing youth population. Before 
the Snyders left for furlough, the 
field council asked that upon their re- 
turn thev be stationed in Bangui for 
special work among the young peo- 
ple. Now their home is an apartment 
in the brand-new building on the 
mission grounds in this African 
metropohs of 100,000 people, where 
their co-workers are Jake and Freda 

When they arrived in Bangui, the 
Snvders were welcomed not only by 
Brethren missionaries but also by 
many other missionaries who had 
fled their locations in the Congo, 
and they found themselves imme- 
diately plunged into the midst of 
activity. Two months later Mrs. 
Snyder wrote: "Life here is almost 
as fast as at home, and that's saying 
something. Bouca was never like this! 
But this is Bangui. These are vital 
days in Africa." 

Vital days— yes; days for making 
Christ known in the Central African 
Republic, where the doors are still 
wide open and hearts are still recep- 
tive to the Gospel. ▼ 

February 6, 7965 


Women's Missionary Council 

Report of Women's Work in Africa 

By Mrs. Jake Kliever 

Dedication day had finally come! 
What a lovely church and what a 
happv people, but along with the joy 
and happiness was a strain of sorrow 
and sadness. This was not only a 
dedication ser\'ice but also a memo- 
rial service for three women and a 
child who lost their lives while on 
their way to do some final cleaning 
and decorating for the dedication. 

For many years the Bafio brethren 
had been meeting in an old mud 
block stick- and grass-roofed hangar. 
Thev knew that their meeting place 
was a disgrace to the neighborhood, 
but thev never felt bad enough about 
it to do anything. They were just too 
satisfied so long as they had a roof 
over their heads. Then one day a 
storm came along, and the wind took 
off v\'ith the roof. 

For some time there had been 
those in the congregation who 
thought that they should build a 
good building in which to worship. 
They felt that now was the time to 
start, but others wanted to wait until 
they had more funds on hand. Next 
they could not agree on a location. 
Interest lagged until one day it was 
decided to reroof the old hangar. For 
several months thev continued to 
meet in the old place. 

Talking and thinking got them no- 
where, so the Lord sent another wind 
which collapsed the hangar flat to 
the ground. This seemed to awaken 
the congregation to the fact that now 
they must build. Now the people 
felt that thev were not only talking 
and thinking but they knew they 
were going to give for something 
real. Everyone wanted to do his part. 

Let me tell you the story of one 
of the men in the church. For con- 

venience we will call him George. 
We often hear the expression: Let 
George do it. I'm sure if there were 
more Georges like the one I'm going 
to tell you about, there would be 
more churches, too. 

George lives with his family. He 
is not a young man, and because of 
an illness which keeps getting pro- 
gressively worse, he can no longer 
leave his house. George has nothing 
—nothing but a great love for the 
Lord and his church, and a real de- 
sire to do his share in it. 

One day while praying he thought 
of a pair of trousers that he still 
possessed. He would never wear the 
trousers again; why not sell them 
and give the money to the church? 
No sooner thought than done! fie 
called his boy and explained to him 
that he should go to the market place 
and sell the trousers for not less than 
three hundred francs. 

No sooner had the boy left than an 
old friend, whom he had not seen 

for a long time, dropped in to see 
him. He was very much concerned 
about George's plight and gave him 
one thousand francs to help him. 
George could hardly wait until his 
boy got back to share with him the 
wonderful news that now he, too, 
could make a real gift to his church. 

When the boy arrived with the 
three hundred francs, George took 
them and gave the one thousand- 
franc bill to the boy to take to the 
treasurer to put in the building fund. 
George had nothing but a genuine 
desire to give. The Lord saw his 
heart and enabled him to do abun- 
dantly above what he could even 

The three women who were going 
to give of their time and energy for 
the Lord's work were cruelly run 
down by a bus and killed. They did 
not get to render the service that 
thev intended to give, but the Lord 
knew their hearts; I'm sure they were 
rewarded accordingly. 

Under the . . . 

(Co72timied from page 32) 

will on you. He delights and blesses 
only that which is given to Him lov- 
ingly, willingly." 

Althea and Paul were studying to- 
gether at the dining-room table. 
(Each has his own desk, but occa- 
sionally they get together to "com- 
miserate" with each other about the 
trials of high-school homework.) It's 
the same table the first five children 
gathered around in years past. If that 
table could talk! 

The high schoolers digressed from 
studies long enough to talk about an 
exciting weekend outing to the moun- 
tains planned for their group. Two 
men from the church who love youth 
and the outdoors are taking them. 

Althea said, "It'll be wonderful to 
go away on that camping trip after 
exams are over, I'll be so glad when 
they're over, won't you?" 

"Uh huh," her brother grunted. 

"Say, Paul," a sudden and horrible 

thought hit her, "when do we get our 
grades— the Friday after that week- 
end, or as soon as exams are over?" 

"After that weekend. " 

"That's good, 'cause with the grades 
some of the kids are expecting, they'll 
be 'grounded' for a month." 

Young folks soon learn that con- 
structive planning is work. Perhaps 
it is because it is work that too few 
Christians, young and old alike, plan, 
and when ^ve do it is unrealistic. 
Wishing a plan into action and work- 
ing it to accomplishment are some- 
times just a hair apart; the difference 
is spelled out by a fervent desire to 
put Christ first and to honor Him 
with the first fruits of our lives. 

Yes, child of mine, the secret of 
successful planning is a determined 
placing of obedient feet into the path 
of His choosing. God leads His dear 
children along: 

"Some through the fire, 
Some through the flood; 
Some through great trials, 
But all through the blood." T 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

Do you really v\'ant to be saved? 
Would you like to know the wav? 
Then let me tell you. I am going to 
make it as simple as I can. There 
are just four steps. Here thev are: 

Recognize That You Are a Sinner 

You would not want to be saved 
unless vou were lost. You would not 
want a doctor unless vou knew vou 
were sick. You would not want a 
rescuer unless vou thought vou were 
drowning. You cannot realize vour 
need of a Saviour until \'ou know 
that you are a sinner. 

The Bible says, "All we like sheep 
have gone astrav; we have turned 
every one to his own way" (Isa. 53: 
6). Hence, whether or not you fee! 
yourself to be a sinner does not mat- 
ter. God says you are and that set- 
tles it. 

The Bible says, "All have sinned, 
and come short of the glory of God" 
(Rom. 3:23). "There is none right- 
eous, no, not one" (Rom. 3:10). That 
includes you. 

An apple tree is not an apple tree 
because it bears apples; it bears ap- 
ples because it is an apple tree. You 

are not a sinner because you sin; 
you sin because you are a sinner. 

Do you believe it? Will you admit 
that you are a sinner and that vou 
are lost? Are \'0u ready now to ac- 
cept God's Word about you? 

Admit That You Cannot Save 

You cannot save yourself by being 
baptized or confirmed, nor by be- 
coming religious, joining a church, 
and taking the communion. You 
cannot save yourself by living a good 
life, obeying the Golden Rule, or 
keeping the commandments. You 
cannot save yourself by performing 
deeds of merit or doing the best you 
can. Your own good works can never 
save you. 

You might as well try to lift your- 
self by your own boot straps as to be 
your own savior. Self-salvation is im- 
possible. "Not by works of righteous- 
ness which we have done" (Titus 3: 
5), is what God says. It is "not of 
works" (Eph. 2:9). Will you admit 
that you cannot save yourself? 

Believe That Christ and Christ 
Alone Can Save You 

No one else can— no religion. 
Catholic or Protestant, Jewish, Cop- 
tic, or Greek Orthodox; no Moham- 
med, Confucius, or Buddha. No 
minister, priest, or pope. Systems and 
doctrines, rites and ceremonies, pil- 
grimages and deeds of merit are all 
inadequate. "Neither is there salva- 
tion in any other" (Acts 4:12). 

But Jesus Christ, the living, resur- 
rected Christ, God's Son, can save 
you. "Thou shalt call his name 
Jesus: for he shall save" (Matt. 1: 
21). Do you believe it? 

Receive Jesus Christ As Your Own 
Personal Saviour 

"But as many as received him, to 
them gave he power to become the 
sons of God" (John 1:12). You must 
receix'e Him. "Him that cometh to 
me I will in no wise cast out" (John 
6:37). You must come to Him. "If 
any man hear mv voice, and open the 
door, I will come in" (Rev. 3:20). 
You must open the door. Will vou do 

But, you say, I do not understand. 
Well, let me show you what I mean. 

In the year 1829 two men— Wilson 
and Porter by name— were sentenced 
to be hanged for robbing the United 
States mails. Porter was executed, but 
Wilson was pardoned. However, he 
refused his pardon and Chief Justice 
John Marshall of the Supreme Court 
handed down this decision: 

"A pardon is an act of grace, pro- 
ceeding from the power entrusted 
with the execution of the laws, which 
exempts the individual on whom it 
is bestowed from the punishment the 
law inflicts for a crime he has com- 

"A pardon is a deed, to the validitv 
of which delivery is essential, and 
delivery is not complete without ac- 
ceptance. It may, then, be rejected 
by the person to whom it is tendered; 
and if it is rejected, we have discover- 
ed no power in a court to force it 
upon him." 

Mv friend, God offers you a par- 
don. You may accept it or vou may 
reject it, for you are free to choose. It 
is for you to decide. But never will 
you be saved until you receive the 
Lord Jesus Christ as your own per- 
sonal Saviour. Then why not do it 
—now? ▼ 

February 6, 1965 



NOTICE! The Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald is currently preparing a 
mailing of Vacation Bible School in- 
formation to all pastors and Sunday- 
school superintendents. Additional 
packets of information will be sent to 
VBS directors or to anyone request- 
ing them. Merely address your post- 
card to Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Last year a record number of 
churches in our fellowship purchased 
their VBS materials from the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald, and we 
praise the Lord for this fine response. 
Again this year, the Missionarv 
Herald will pay postage on all orders 
and accept collect long-distance phone 
calls for rush orders. Remember . . . 
the income from vour purchases as- 
sists your Brethren publishing house 
in its literature ministry. Thank vou 
for your patronage. 

Homer Kent, Jr., dean of Grace 
Theological Seminary, recently spoke 
at Grace Brethren Church on the 
work of Grace College and Seminary. 
Wesley Haller, pastor. 

Grace Brethren Church has extend- 
ed a unanimous call to Rev. Ralph 
Golburn to continue as pastor for 
his 11th year. In addition, the con- 
gregation has yoted to send him 
to the Holy Land for a five-week 
tour. The group is to leave New 
York March 3L A short series of 
re\'iyal meetings were held recently 
in t le Fort Lauderdale church by 
the Joe Talley family, climaxed by 
a meeting with the Palermo broth- 
ers on Sunday and a sacred concert 
Monday night. 

Whitcomb, professor at Grace Semi- 
nary, spoke at First Brethren Church 
Jan. 17. G. Forrest Jackson, pastor. 

of $2,500 was presented to Grace 
Brethren Church for an organ for 
their new sanctuary. James G. Dixon, 

Clyde Landrum, of the Foreign 
Missionary Society, presented an il- 
lustrated message, "The Other 
Sheep," at North Long Beach Breth- 
ren Church Jan. 10. In the young 
people's group in the evening, guest 
speaker was Sgt. Bob Vernon of the 
Los Angeles police force. George O. 
Peek, pastor. 

YAKIMA, WASH. Evangelist 
Ronnie Thompson is holding a series 
of meetings at Grace Brethren 
Church Jan. 31 to Feb. 10. Henry G. 
Rempel, pastor. 

Galen Lingenfelter has accepted the 
call to pastor the Calvary Brethren 
Church and with his family moved 
here the week prior to Christmas. 
The church held a reception in their 
honor, and generous gifts were pre- 
sented to them over the Christmas 
season. On Dec. 23 a 14-year-old girl 
from the church was seriously in- 
jured in an automobile accident 
while returning home from Christ- 
mas caroling. Prayer is requested for 
her recovery, as well as for others 
who were less seriously injured in 
the accident. 

day evening service at Woodville 
Grace Brethren Church Jan. 10 in- 
cluded a brief program by the senior 
youth society and a message entitled 
"Spiritual Gifts to the Church" by 
Dr. John Whitcomb, of Winona 
Lake, Ind. M. L. Myers, pastor. 

gelist "Dusty" Rhoades, of Mobile, 
Ala., held a week of special meetings 
recently at First Brethren Church. 
Mark E. Malles is pastor. 

KITTANNING, PA. In a "Birth- 
day Party for Jesus" 96 children of 
the First Brethren Church contrib- 
uted 1 00 pairs of new socks to be sent 
to children at the Brethren Navajo 
Mission for Christmas. William H. 
Schaffer, pastor. 

ALTO, MICH. On Jan. 7 Calvary 

Brethren Church voted to eliminate 
the parsonage debt. They are now 
erecting a garage and a breezeway, 
paying as they go. The church is 
currently free of debt. C. A. Flowers, 

WHEATON, ILL. Dr. Hudson 
Armerding has been inaugurated as 
the new president of Wheaton Col- 
lege; former president Dr. Edman 
will serve as chancellor. 

Wolgemuth has been elected the 
new president of Youth for Christ 
International at the organization's 
tenth annual midwinter convention 
held in Pittsburgh Jan. 5 to 8. 

maugh Brethren Church plans to 
celebrate its 50th anniversay Feb. 14. 
Rev. Paul E. Dick, pastor of the 
First Brethren Church of Winches- 
ter, Va., is to bring a week of special 
messages, and Rev. William Schaf- 
fer, of West Kittanning, Pa., is to 
speak in the evening anniversary 
service. Don K. Rager, pastor. 

WOOSTER, OHIO. In the eve- 
ning ser\dce, Jan. 10, the congrega- 
tion of First Brethren Church heard 
a student testimony concerning the 
Inter-varsity missionary conference in 
Urbana, 111., and a message by Prof. 
Paul Fink, head of the homiletics 
and Christian education departments 
at Grace Seminary. On Jan. 23 thev 
enjoyed a sacred concert by Bill 
Pearce. Kenneth Ashman, pastor. 

FORT WAYNE, IND. Congratu- 
lations to Mr. and Mrs. B. R. Pop- 
plewell, who celebrated their 50th 
wedding anniversary Jan. 3. They 
are members of First Brethren 
Church. Mark Malles, pastor. 

school workers and other interested 
persons of Cherry Valley Brethren 
Church recently attended a pot-luck 
supper followed by a message from 
Dr. Harold Etling, president of the 
National Sunday School Board. Dr. 
Etling spoke again the following 
Sunday morning. Youth Week, Jan. 
24 to 31, was marked by Gospel 
films, inspiring messages, good 
music, and a number of other fea- 
tures. Miles Taber, pastor. 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

Larry Gegner has resigned as pastor 
of the Trotwood Grace Brethren 
Church, effective April 11. He will 
have served the church four years. 



Thomas Hammers, representative of 
Grace College and Seminary, spoke 
at Vandalia Grace Brethren Church 
Jan. 17. Sherwood Durkee, pastor. 

WHEATON, ILL. During a visit 
to Mississippi, Rev. Dean Fetterhoff 
of Grace Brethren Church preached 
three times at the R. G. LeTourneau 
plant in Vicksburg, where his broth- 
er-in-law is chaplain. He spoke to 
about 800 men; following two of the 
services, men came to speak to him 
about receiving Christ as Saviour. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. Feb. 17 
to 21 are the dates of the missionary 
conference at First Brethren Church. 
Dr. Orville D. Jobson and seven 
other missionaries are planning to 
take part. W. A. Ogden, pastor. 

Brethren Church saw a new film, 
"I Was Ashamed," on a recent Sun- 
day evening. On Jan. 17 Grace Col- 
lege and Seminary were represented 
by Dr. James Boyer, and Jan. 31 the 
special speaker was Dale Kurtz of 
Youth for Christ. Clair Brickel, pas- 

night ■ banquet was held in Melrose 
Gardens Grace Brethren Church in 
connection with their New Year's 
Eve program. Guests of honor at the 
banquet were the 24 new members 
who had been added to the church 
during the past year. The challenging 
missionary film, "Unfinished Task," 
was shown. Earle E. Peer is pastor. 

RITTMAN, OHIO. A mission- 
ary conference was held at First 
Brethren Church Jan. 3 to 10. Mis- 
sionary speakers included Rev. and 
Mrs. Lynn Schrock and Rev. Donald 
Bishop, from Argentina, Rev. Ed- 
ward Mensinger, missionary candi- 
date to Africa, and Rev. and Mrs. 
Randall Maycumber, from Brazil. 
Guest speaker at the Sunday services 
Jan. 17 was Rev. Russell Ogden, 
president of Akron Bible Institute 
and formerly pastor of the First 

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Brethren Church in Akron, Ohio. 
Charles W. Turner is pastor. 

of special meetings was held in First 
Brethren Church, Jan. 27 to 31, mark- 
ing the 30th anniversary of the be- 
ginning of the church. Dr. L. L. 
Grubb, current moderator of the Na- 
tional Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches, was the speaker. On Dec. 
7 Mr. Russel Dunlap, business man- 
ager of Grace College and Seminary 
and a former member of the Cleve- 
land church, reported on the progress 
of the schools. A carry-in dinner and 
workshop were held Jan. 27 for the 
entire Sunday-school staff and their 
families. The workshop was con- 
ducted by Mr. Dan Miles of Scrip- 
ture Press. Jesse B. Deloe, Jr., pastor. 

Dec. 20, young people from First 
Brethren Church held a special serv- 
ice in a neighboring rest home. They 
plan to do this in some rest home one 
Sunday afternoon each month. Dec. 
27 to 29 were the dates of the high- 
school and college-age "camp-in." The 
theme for the meeting was "Finding 
God's Will," and the speaker was 
Rev. Ernie Bearinger, former Breth- 
ren national youth director. Included 
in the program were recreation, work 
projects, and visitation, as well as 
the special meetings. During the 
months of January, February, and 
March, the church is holding 12 
leadership training sessions. Raymond 
W. Thompson is pastor. 

seven members of First Brethren 
Church reported that they had read 
their Bibles through during the past 
year. Paul E. Dick, pastor. 

will be the last Sunday in the min- 
istry of Rev. H. Leslie Moore at First 
Brethren Church. Following the com- 
pletion of this ministry, he will be 
available for evangelistic meetings 
and church administration. Contacts 
may be made by addressing mail to 
Box 296, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. "Fourteen 
Going on Sixteen," a film for young 
people, was shown recently at River- 
side Brethren Church. During, Youth 
Week, Jan. 24 to 31, the congrega- 

tion heard several special speakers: 
Dr. Homer Kent, Jr., Prof. Wayne 
Snider, and Larry Chamberlain, one 
of the church members. Don Rough, 

PERU, IND. Rev. John Evans 
has resigned as pastor of Peru Breth- 
ren Church, effective in May. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Rev. Nathan 
Meyer, well-known Brethren speak- 
er, brought the Sunday evening mes- 
sage at Patterson Park Brethren 
Church Jan. 10. On Jan. 17 As- 
sistant Pastor John Schumacher gave 
the morning sermon, and Dr. John 
Whitcomb, professor at Grace Semi- 
nary, spoke in the evening on the 
topic, "The Flood and the Final 
Judgment." Nathan Casement, pas- 

speakers at First Brethren Church 
include Rev. Paul Fink, professor of 
Christian education at Grace Semi- 
nary, and Mr. Bill Yoder, director of 
Greater Europe Youth for Christ. 
John R. Terrell, pastor. 

ELKHART, IND. Grace Breth- 
ren Church announces that their 
home-mission prayer goal of $2,424 
for '64 was surpassed by $43.40. On 
Sunday morning, Jan. 3, a husband 
and wife publicly confessed Christ 
as Saviour. Gordon W. Bracker is 

LANSING, MICH. A catechism 
class has been started in the Grace 
Brethren Church here for all young 
people and adults who are interested 
in knowing more about The Breth- 
ren Church and church membership. 
J. Ward Tressler, pastor. 

Malles is to conduct evangelistic 
meetings at First Brethren Church 
March 2 to 14. Pray for these meet- 
ings. Robert D. Crees is pastor. 

CHANGE: The telephone num- 
ber for Rev. and Mrs. C. A. Flowers 
is 868-4053. New church clerk for 
Calvary Brethren Church, Alto, 
Mich.,' is Mr. Lloyd D. Miller, 3806 
Perry S.W., Wyoming, Mich. Cur- 
rent address for Rev. and Mrs. Mar- 
tin Garber is 523 W. Broadway, 
Whittier, Calif. Please change An- 


^/^ you think that Jesus spoke 
Kj\^ rather harsh words on cer- 
tain occasions? Never forget, no one 
ever loved as Jesus did. No one 
knows better the terrible conse- 
quences that follow the souls who 
will not repent of their sin against 
God. No one ever suffered so greatly 
for man's sin as did Jesus. 

Before we start pointing the finger 
at Jesus for being so harsh, let us 
turn the search-light on ourselves for 
a few moments. Whenever a calamitv 
comes into our experience, we sav, 
"That was a trial" or "That was a 
testing." But, whatever happens to 
our neighbor— "That's the judgment 
of God." 

We, like Job's comforters, like to 
sit in judgment and point the finger 
of accusation at others and sav, "See, 
I told you so." 

What Jesus is trying to tell us in 
our text of this morning is, "Except 
ye repent, ve shall all likewise per- 
ish." Doctor Luke, as recorded in 
chapter 13, verses 1 to 9, tells of 
an occasion when Jesus was teaching 
and someone in His audience in- 
terrupted to tell of a terrible thing 
that had come to their attention. 
Governor Pilate had mingled the 
blood of some Galileans with their 
sacrifices. Evidently this act of 
Pilate's was an attempt to discourage 
further insurrections, which were 
frequent in that day. 

Hardly a day goes by but that we 
read in our newspapers of an in- 
surrection in some part of the world. 
As we lay our paper down we sav, 
"You know, something ought to be 
done about that." In November, 
1963, several shots rang out from a 
warehouse in Dallas, Texas; our 
President was assassinated and a 
go\'ernor was wounded. Our Secret 
Service went into action, the Dallas 
Police department sprang to the alert, 
and our nation could hardly belie^'e 
that such a dastardly tragedy had 
really happened. 

But, in the undercurrent of our 
grief was the cry, "Get that assassini" 
Suppose Jesus had been here on this 
earth in person, as He was in the 
days of His flesh, and someone had 
interrupted Him with this tragic 
news. What would He have said? 
Don't you believe with me that He 

would have replied, "Except ye re- 
pent, ye shall all likewise perish?" 

Then Jesus reminded His con- 
gregation of the 1 8 men who perished 
in the fall of the tower of Siloam. 
These may have been workmen who 
were innocently going about their 
daily work when the foundation gave 
way and trapped them in death. 
Such things still happen. Just recent- 
ly we read of several firemen who 
v\'ere killed when a wall collapsed 
while they were fighting a fire. 

In the first incident reported to 
Jesus, the act was premeditated. The 
one that Jesus recalled was accidental. 
In both cases Jesus gave the same 
commentary and warning; "Except 
ye repent, ye shall all likewise per- 
ish." And so, whether one dies by 



deliberate wrong-doing or is inno- 
cently a victim while at his work, 
God calls all men to repentance. 

We well remember the last Johns- 
town flood. Our church was in a 
small community nearby on a hill- 
side, high above the flood waters. 
Among our townspeople we could 
hear the comment, "My, what a 
wicked city Johnstown must be that 
God should have to visit it with the 
judgment of a flood twice in less than 
fifty years." This text came to our 
mind and we preached it! 

Yes, accidents, sickness, pestilence, 
tornadoes, cyclones, floods, and earth- 
quakes come to all. If you have read 
through the Bible at all, you will re- 
call that the cry to "repent" runs from 

Genesis to the Revelation. Noah 
preached it for 120 years. Moses 
preached it for 40 years in the wilder- 
ness. Elijah, Isaiah and Jeremiah 
preached it. Perhaps the best re- 
membered of the Old Testament 
prophets on the subject of repentance 
was Jonah. His cry to the Nineveh- 
ites, "Yet forty days, and Nineveh 
shall be o\'erthrown," rang down 
through the streets and avenues of 
that great city. And so great was the 
repentance of that citv that even the 
dogs knew something had happened. 
The answer to God's message through 
Jonah was; "So the people of Nine- 
\'eh believed God." 

Then, too, we read in the begin- 
ning of the New Testament that 
John the Baptist stood on the banks 
of Jordan and preached the message 
of repentance. Jesus, when he came 
into His public ministry, followed 
through with the same theme. The 
Book of the Acts is replete with the 
same message. Peter preached it at 
Pentecost. Paul preached it on Mar's 
Hill: "God . . . commandeth all men 
e^'ery where to repent; because he 
hath appointed a day, in the which 
he will judge the world in righteous- 

Friend, surely you are not confus- 
ing the call to repent with doing 
"penance." Penance is an effort to 
atone for sin by suffering volun- 
tarily. Know this, no amount of phys- 
ical or mental suffering on our part 
can satisfy God for our sin against 
Him. And, besides, Jesus already 
did it. When He cried from Calvary's 
cross, "It is finished," He meant just 
that. He did the suffering for us. 
He was the perfect Lamb. He satis- 
fied the just demands of a holy and 
righteous God. There is nothing more 
that we can do— absolutely nothing 
but to believe that He did it for us. 
Yes, God placed His stamp of ap- 
proval on this willing sacrifice of His 
only begotten Son by His resurrec- 
tion on the third day and His sub- 
sequent return to heaven. And, some- 
day He's coming back! What as- 
surance have you, my friend, out of 
Christ, if you could do penance, even 
unto awful suffering and the fi- 
nality of physical death, that it would 
be acceptable with God? 

Neither is repentance "reforma- 
tion." Reformation has its rightful 


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place, but it should come after gen- 
uine repentance. In Acts 20:21 the 
Apostle Paul, addressing the Ephe- 
sian elders, reported on his recent mis- 
sionary journey. He told them that 
he had testified to both the Jews and 
the Greeks concerning repentance 
toward God and faith toward our 
Lord Jesus Christ. When he address- 
ed King Agrippa in chapter 26, he 
told that he had preached to the 
Gentiles that thev should repent and 
turn to God. When Paul wrote his 
second letter to the Corinthian 
church, his words v\'ere: "Godly sor- 
row worketh repentance to salva- 
tion." All through the Bible you will 
find that "repentance" means "a 

By Rev. Wiiliam Schaffer 

Pastor, First Brethren Church 
West Kittanning, Pennsylvania 

(Preached over WACB, Kittanning, Penn- 
sylvania February 16. 1964) 

change of mind," "a change of di- 
rection." A great evangelist of some 
years gone by used to illustrate re- 
pentance by simplv walking across 
the platform and then suddenly re- 
versing his direction. The time \\ill 
come, John writes in the Revelation 
of Jesus Christ, when men will have 
so hardened their hearts against the 
pleading of the Holy Spirit that time 
after time we read that thev "repent- 
ed not of their deeds." Since none of 
us know what a day will bring forth, 
the Word of God tells us: "Now is 
the accepted time; behold, now is the 
day of salvation" (I Cor. 6:2). 

In the closing v\'ords of our text 
Jesus gives the parable of the fig 
tree to illustrate another reason why 

men should repent. Some of vou, 
dear readers, may take refuge in the 
consolation of saying to yourself: 
"Well, I have repented, so Jesus 
isn't talking about me." Now, don't 
be too sure. 

We believe this parable had a his- 
torical application to the nation of 
Israel. Israel was planted in the 
Promised Land. The "dresser" of 
the vineyard was the Lord himself, 
and the owner is God the Father. 
For three years, the years of the earth- 
ly ministry of Jesus Christ, Israel bore 
no fruit. The "dresser" pleaded with 
the owner of the vineyard for "one 
more year." Another year of patience, 
just one more year to make good. 
But, alas, hardly half of that next 
year had passed before the doom of 
the vineyard was sealed. Instead of 
producing fruit unto repentance, Is- 
rael cried: "Crucify him, crucify him 
. . . His blood be on us, and on ou-; 
children." Through Peter, after 
Pentecost, God gave Israel another 
chance to repent (Acts 3:19). But 
again Israel refused. Some thirty 
years later God's patience ran out 
and Israel was scattered among the 
nations for 1900 years. 

For almost two hundred years God 
has been patient with these United 
States of America, a nation founded 
by God-fearing men and women, a 
nation blessed more by God than 
any other nation except Israel. We 
boast of our speed in mechanics, lit- 
tle realizing that our speed to the day 
of judgment is even greater. Put men 
on the moon and contaminate it with 
our sinful, wicked ways? How much 
longer \\ill God's patience hold out'' 
Just think what has happened in our 
beloved nation during these past 
three \'ears. We need not point inx 
fingers of judgment outside our own 
boundery lines. Other nations are 
but records on the pages of histor\'. 
They, too, were great in their day 
— the\', too forgot God. They, too, 
did not repent. 

Repent of your sins, turn around 
and go with Jesus all of the time. 
With all of the advantages of the 
ministry of the Gospel, how much 
longer do vou expect God is going 
to wait for you to repent? "Except 
ye repent, ye shall all likewise per- 
ish." T 

cJn iJnemouatn 

Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

WORLEl', Arthur, went home to 
be with Christ during January. He 
was a faithful member of Patter- 
son Park Brethren Church, Dayton, 
Ohio. Nathan Casement, pastor. 

VAROS, Isaac, 76, one of the ori- 
ginal members of the Canon Breth- 
ren Church of Taos, N. Mex., 
passed awav Monday, Jan. II, after 
a prolonged illness. 

Sam Horney, pastor. 

HUNTT, Mrs. Fannie, 78, was 
called home to be with the Lord on 
Saturday, Jan. 2. She was a mem- 
ber of the First Brethren Church of 
Washington, D. C, since 1900. 

W. A. Ogden, pastor. 

HOLSINGER, David M., 94, a 
member of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Anaheim, Calif., went 
to his heavenly home on Dec. 12. 
He was a nephew of Flenrv R. Hol- 
singer, a leader in the Brethren 
Church at the time of the 1882 di- 
vision which gave rise to progressi\'e 
movement and, eventually, the Na- 
tional Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches. Forest F. Lance, pastor. 

DAMEWOOD, Paul, 80, passed 
away in Modesto, Calif., on Dec. 24. 
A member of the La Loma Grace 
Brethren Church, he had served 
faithfully as its custodian for seven 
years. J. Paul Miller, pastor. 

]UDD, ]ohn, went to be with the 
Lord Tuesday, Dec. 29. He joined 
the First Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, Calif., in 1924, and helped in 
remodeling the old building at Fifth 
and Cherry. 

Charles W. Mayes, pastor. 

SKOFSTAD, Irving, went to be 
with the Lord Wednesday, Jan. 6. 
He had been a member of the North 
Long Beach Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, Calif., for 30 years. 

George O. Peek, pastor. 

BURKETT, Lee T., 83, went 
home to be with Christ Jan. 5. He 
was a charter member of North River- 
dale Brethren Church in Dayton, 
Ohio, and was largely responsible, 
humanly speaking, for the church's 
existence at its present location. 

Richard L. Burch, pastor. 

February 6, 1965 


Pray . . . and Give! 


Once a year, it is the privilege of the National Fellowship of 
Brethren Laymen to join hands with the Board of Evangelism 
in a special effort to emphasize the ministry of evangelism. You 
can help in the program of winning people to Christ by praying 
earnestly for the work of the Board of Evangelism and our national 
evangelist and by supporting the board with vour gifts. 

Laymen . . . ask your pastor about the possibility of your taking 
charge of one of the services of the church on Evangelism Sunday. 
Plan a service in which all of the men of the church can participate 
by having a men's chorus, special music and testimonies, and so 

Your gifts assist in supporting 
our national evangelist, Ron 
Thompson. Other areas empha- 
sized bv the Board of Evangelism 
include a literature ministry and 
a gospel film. You can assist in 
this vital work bv taking one of 
the special Evangelism Sundav 
offering envelopes and asking the 
Lord what he would have you 


decisions were recorded last year in evangelistic cru- 
sades sponsored by the Board of Evangelism. 

f\'~7 A n Q ^°5 the total amount raised last year 
\j i x*. _LO ''y ^^^ laymen for the support of this 


On January 9, 72 laymen and pas- 
tors gathered at the First Brethren 
Church in Dayton, Ohio, for a dis- 
trict meeting. Special speaker for the 
occasion was Ken Herman from Win- 
ona Lake, Indiana, the Laymen's 
Page editor. Men from various 
churches presented special numbers 
in music. A special attendance trophy 
was awarded to the men from the 
Calvary Brethren Church of Ketter- 
ing, Ohio. They are to keep the 
trophy until the next district meeting, 
which is tentatively planned as a 
father and son banquet. 


Pictured above is the Soutiiern Oliio Dis- 
trict Laymen's cabinet. Left to right, they 
are: Harvey Skiles, president; Richard 
Darby, vice president: Bruce Garber. sec- 
retary; and Bud Petry, treasurer. (Photo 
by Horace Mohler) 

men of the Brookville Grace Breth- 
ren Church have organized a new 
laymen's group. Officers were elected 
at a recent meeting, with Marvin 
Meeker serving as president, Keith 
Hirschy, vice president; and George 
Cunningham, secretary and treas- 
urer. Rev. Clair Brickel is pastor. 

TRICT. Frank Bodosi, secretary of 
the Northern Ohio District Fellow- 
ship of Brethren Laymen, reports that 
officers were elected for 1965 at a 
recent meeting which was held in the 
Grace Brethren Church of Cuyahoga 
Falls, Ohio. Forty-five men were in 
attendance, and ten churches were 
represented. Special speaker was Paul 
Tell, president of Akron Storage and 
Warehouse Company. He spoke on 
I Timothy 4:12, dealing with the 
example of the believers. 


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The True Church and the Liberal Philosophy of Government 

Today the greatest potential strength of the true 
church is in America. Therefore, any major decision or 
change in our nation will strongly affect the testimony 
and growth of the church both here and indirectly 
abroad. So, we may expect that the circumstances and 
controlling forces in our recent elections will continue to 
be major factors in America's future. It is impossible 
to disassociate the church from these factors because both 
operate at the heart of our national life. 

Even though the Christian should be concerned with 
this total picture, there are certain basic facts which will 
have a direct bearing on the future of the American 
evangelical church. 

To consider anything about government without in- 
volving the operation of politics is practically impossible. 
The Bible clearly indicates that the members of the 
church are responsible to government according to the 
will and Word of God (Rom. 13). Therefore, to some ex- 
tent, the members of the church must become involved 
in politics. In fact, this is a verv vital part of their testi- 
mony. Partisan politics, Republicans or Democrats, or 
any other party, are not under consideration. Christians 
are first Christians and should apply the Word of God 
to the politician and to the government and on this basis 
support the right man and the right political philosophy. 
Neither is the church's involvement in politics neces- 
sarily a choice between preaching the Gospel and having 
some political influence, one or the other, per se. Obey- 
ing the Word of God involves taking a Biblical position 
on any political issue and proclaiming the truth. We 
often hear, "The Christian's job is to preach the Gospel; 
he should stay out of politics." The meaning and intent 

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Volume 27, Number 4 
Richard E. Grant. Executiiie Editor 
SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued biweekly 
by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Inc., Box 544. Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price: $3.50 a year, foreign, $4.50. 
Special rates to churches. 

are acceptable. The basic functions and processes of the 
church and the State should be separate. But, we had. 
better qualify that statement so that we are not inhibited 
in doing what the Bible tells us to do. In fact, voting is 
a political activity. Politics is not the church's primary 
business; hut politics, in a limited sense, will become 
involved in that primary business— which is to apply the 
precepts of the Bible to men and their activities wherever 
they are. 

In America, our governmental processes are now based 
on what is called a liberal political philosophy. Accord- 
ing to specific declarations from Washington, this phi- 
losophy will prevail for at least the next four years. 

What is this liberal philosophy in essence? 

The liberal politician has no absolute authority. There- 
fore, in some senses, liberals set their own standards. But, 
they do have some fundamental concepts. 

One of these concepts is the virtual deification of man. 
To the liberal, human nature is neither all good nor all 
bad. It is sort of plastic and can be molded by the right 
forces and institutions (mostly secular of course) into 
a condition which is "almost" perfect. (The liberal al- 
ways leaves a way to escape the results of his philosophy.) 
The ultimate end of this process is the Ideal or Great 

About man the Bible teaches exactly the opposite as 
truth. God says, "All have sinned and come short of the 
glory of God" (Rom. 3:23). Reading the third chapter 
of Romans on human depravity gives no faintest ray of 
hope for man to make himself good through his own 
abilities or any secular force in a million years or ever. 
Without God's righteousness through Christ, man is 
morally bankrupt. Thus at its roots, this liberal philos- 
ophy of government repudiates God's moral evaluation 
of unredeemed man. 

Here is a clear choice for the church. Who will he 
believe— the liberal or the Bible? 

It is significant, although not often noticed by orthodox 
Christians, that the liberal in government and the liberal 
in the modernistic church hold virtually the same views 
at this point. Certainly, then, we would expect the 
apostate National Council of Churches to throw its 
weight on the side of liberal government, which it has 
done consistently. 

The liberal philosophy of the potential "goodness" 
of man paves the way for all government forces to go 
all out in developing this potential. Stich a government 
must become a Welfare State. It must take from some 

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and give to others. It must aid education. It must care 
for the aged. It must guarantee everybody an income— 
a fair wage. It must be the Great Father Provider for 
all of the needs of its national family. The liberal U 
consistent in thus implementing his fhilosofhy. He must 
make the economic and physical ground level for all 
citizens if he achieves his goal. 

However, in order to do this, he needs new bureaus, 
agencies, more workers, more office space, and naturallv 
he must have astronomical sums of money. Where does 
he get all of this? You know— from the people he is help- 
ing—through taxation. It costs something to take 50 
cents out of John Q's right pocket, put it in the govern- 
ment pocket, and then put some of it back into John O's 
left pocket. So, the people who are being helped to be- 
come the Great Society practically become at the same 
time slaves of the government through taxation and in- 
creased bureaucratic control. 

This in turn dampens and will ultimately kill the 
individual spirit of free enterprise and competition. The 
fact that this challenge of free enterprise helped to 
make America the greatest nation on earth and that the 
liberal is now discouraging it seem to make little dif- 
ference to him. Where is the incentive for production 
when a man knows that his government will meet all of 
his needs? The end result— a nation of weaklings who 
cannot exist without government help. 

The seeming plausibility of this liberal philosophv 
makes it a highly deceptive and acceptable one to many 
people. Human nature, which normally would rather 
receive than give, responds to this appeal. 

Recently, we read of a case where a man appeared at a 
relief agency and declared that he wanted relief. The 
registrar said that she would register him for work. He 
said, "I don't want work, I want relief." Relief from 
what? In the future, more and more of our citizens will 
become parasites and sycophants. 

The Bible teaches that men should labor and work 
with -their hands (Eph. 4:28; II Thess. 3:10). The man 
who is able and has opportunity to work, but refuses 
to do so, should not eat. Laziness is a sin. 

It is clear that if the true church obeys God's Word it 
must oppose these basic concepts of liberal government. 
Thus, the church will become extremely unpopular in 
many quarters as this liberal philosophy extends down to 
even city governments. But, the church must remain true 
to her Lord and His Word regardless of the consequences. 

Neither does the liberal philosophy of government have 
any real need for God, except in lip service. The liberal 
does not openly repudiate God. He even mentions His 
name and attends church at times. But, he usually 
operates practically as if there were no God. This is the 
logical result of his premise. After all, liberal government 
provides all things for its constituents; God is not really 
very necessary. 

The Psalmist wrote, "The wicked shall be turned into 
hell, and all the nations that forget God" (9:17). God 

taught Nebuchadnezzar and other Old Testament kings 
that they could not ignore and disobey His Word and 
get away with it. He is the same God today. No nation 
can long exist as a free people without reference to God. 
Consider, then, the ignoring of God in government to- 
day except for an occasional mention of His name, and 
also the attacks leveled in other directions to blot the 
name of God from our official documents, our schools, 
and to even remove it from our coins. 

The true church must reveal this truth about God 
openly, boldly, and with clarity. The theological gap 
between the church and government is wider now than 
at any time in American history. The average American 
is grossly ignorant of Bible truth. Therefore, a colossal 
job of Bible education is ahead for the church. The 
greatest need in our land now is for thousands more 
Bible-teaching churches with a clear xnsion of their task 
and a sense of divine responsibility. These churches 
should be developing well informed Christian citizens 
who will take their places in private, public, and 

The fact that lack of morality in government on any 
level seems to make little difference to many Americans 
underlines this great spiritual need. It also reflects a 
tragic toning down of the awfulness of sin and demon- 
strates the limited spiritual impact the true church is 
making on our nation today. 

The Bible says, "The wages of sin is death" (Rom. 
6:23). Which will it be for the church— the liberal position 
or the Bible position? Will the church gloss over sin or 
will she rebuke sin wherever it is found? 

During the political campaigns, we heard much about 
constitutional government. Our American constitution is 
based on the moral concepts of the Bible. It is a docu- 
ment which protects the rights of all Americans. But, 
liberal government, because of its intrinsic nature, must 
gradually modify this constitution because liberal govern- 
ment must control its constituents and direct their ac- 
tivities to achieve its ends. Again this is the result of 
the liberal premise, i.e., with enough secular help, man 
and his environment may be vastly improved. 

Iw view of all of this and in contradistinction the 
Christian is a Biblical conservative in the true sense of 
those words. He interprets human conduct and govern- 
ment exclusively in light of the Word of God. Therefor^;, 
he sees all men as depraved and in need of eternal salva- 
tion through jesus Christ. He holds that government 
should be built on the cornerstone of righteousness. He 
recognizes the need for and the absolute sovereignty of 
God in all of the affairs of men. He will take full ad- 
vantage of the rights and privileges of his Christian 
citizenship and will make his influence felt at the polls 
and in politics as possible. Thus, he will stand un- 
compromisingly upon the principles of constitutional 
government and the Bill of Rights. 

Today, more than at any time in American history, the 
true Bible-teaching church is needed to produce discern- 
ing Christian citizens. T 

February 20, 7965 

Brethren Home Missions 

Congratulations, Lancaster, on a Record Breaking Church! 

The united efforts of the North Atlantic District 
Mission Board, the thousands of supporters of The 
Brethren Home Missions Council, and the dedication 
of Pastor William Tvveeddale and his congregation 
have produced another trophy of God's grace in Lan- 
caster, Pennsylvania. It has been thrilling to see goals 
in attendance, youth work, building, finances, and 
missionary giving reached in this fruitful field. The 
missionary zeal, spirit of faith, sacrifice, and dedica- 
tion to soul winning and visitation of this congrega- 
tion have borne rich and eternal fruit for our Lord's 
glory. Pastor Tweeddale, God's shepherd for this flock, 
has continuously displayed a vibrant ministry of god- 

ly leadership, optimistic faith, and energetic labor of 
love for his people. 

The growth and development of the ministry at 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to a self-supporting church 
has set new records. In a few weeks, a second branch 
church will begin out of this new congregation. Young 
people are in preparation for full-time service, the 
Roy Davidson family are already in missionary service, 
and missionary goals are being reached to send the 
Gospel around the world. The radio ministry, soul 
winning activity, and faithful ministry of the Word 
of God will bear much fruit in souls. May God's bless- 
ing continue to radiate from this self-supporting testi- 
mony for Christ! — L.E.P. 

Lancaster^ a 
Blessing From 
the Beginning 

By Rev. William Tweeddale 

In the early winter of 1960, the 
district mission board of the North 
Atlantic District of Brethren 
Churches met for prayer and direc- 
tion in a new work. The Palmyra, 
Pennsylvania, church had gone self- 
supporting in 17 months, and now 
they sought to find where a new 
work should begin. There was a 
slogan in effect in many of the 
churches, "Heading for Reading," 
but for some reason that door seemed 

Rev. and Mrs. William Tweeddale and daughters 

to close and the field of Lancaster 
looked like a better place to begin. 
Seeking the Lord's will in this mat- 
ter, the men placed an ad in the Lan- 
caster paper. The response to this ad 

Lancaster Sunday-school staff 

was one family that desired such a 
church in Lancaster County. There 
was another family in the Harrisburg 
church v\'ho traveled as far to Har- 
risburg as they would if a work were 
started in Lancaster. With this small 
beginning, a Bible study group was 
organized in the now famous Poultry 
Center, and Pastor Alva Conner con- 
sented to travel from Harrisburg to 
teach the group. The potential was 
very evident. In October of 1960 I 
came down on a Sunday afternoon 
to take over the class, and then in 
November we moved to Lancaster. I 
had been a pastor of an independent 
church, but because of a desire to 
follow a New Testament polity for 
church organization, I had resigned 
and did not know where the Lord 
was to lead. He led to Lancaster, 
Pennsvlvania, where I have been 

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Brethren Home Missions 

February 20, 1965 

Brethren Home Missions 

Mr. Robert Lapp. Sunday-school super- 
intendent, and family. 

serving ever since. 

We held our services on Sunday 
afternoons from November 1960 to 
Easter of 1961. On Easter Sundav 
morning we had a record of 17 in 
attendance— the same two families 
and now us. God was faithful, and 
by February 1961 we were averaging 
about thirty. Brother Bob Rohrer, 
who was with the work from its be- 
ginning, organized the Sunday school 
for one of its greatest steps of faith. 
We asked the Lord to allow us to 
double in 90 days. God responded to 
the step of faith, and under the 
slogan, "Marching to Sundav School 
in March," we tripled in 60 days. In 
just 60 short davs, our Sunday school 
was averaging 90 people; and in Au- 
gust of 1961 we won both trophies at 
the national Sunday school conven 
tion. We saw God give us an increase 
of 276 per cent over the previous 

In 1962 we saw God continue to 
work in a great way. One of the 
highlights of that year was seeing a 
quiz team from our church win in 
district quizzing and make up the 
nucleus for a team of national win- 
ners. In August of 1962 several peo- 
ple from the Lancaster church felt 
a real burden to begin a work in the 
Manheim area of our countv, a work 
which is now another district mis- 
sion point. We also won first place 
in our district Sunday-school division 
and lost bv a few percentage points 
for dix'ision leadership. 

Our church formed a land com- 
mittee at this time to purchase prop- 
erty for church location. All the time. 
The Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil continued to support us financial- 
ly as well as with a real prayer bur- 
den. In this year, we sought to give 
back in missionary giving as much 

as The Brethren Home Missions 
Council gave us in gifts, and God 
again met this step of faith. 

The next year was another year 
of God's abundant blessings. We saw 
the Lord continue to bless our Sun- 
dav school, again winning first place 
honor in our district competition. We 
also won again in district quiz com- 
petition with a brand new team. This 
team went on to win nationally and 
win the trip to Puerto Rico, on which 
trip both my wife and I went along. 
The big event, however, in 1963 
was the ground-breaking and subse- 
quent building of our church. The 
ground selected by the land commit- 
tee was a lovely piece of property, 
three and one-half acres located right 
on a major highway cloverleaf. 

A divine miracle came in 1964. 
This is the only way to describe what 
the Lord has done in Lancaster. Be- 
fore one unit of our building was 
completed, it was necessary to add 
number two. Without the help of 
The Brethren Home Missions 
Council, we could not have com- 
pleted one unit. It was through the 
help of the Brethren Architectural 
Department, the Brethren construc- 
tion crew, and the Brethren Invest- 
ment Foundation that the Lord made 
our building possible. It was only 
fitting that Dr. L. L. Grubb should 
bring the dedication message on 
Dedication Day, August 30, 1964. 

Mr. Roy Davidson, a construction 
worker, found the Lord through the 
testimony here and became a member 
of the church. At this same time, the 
Brethren Construction Company that 
came here with three members was 
losing two to other ministries. Ray 
Sturgill had accepted a call to Peru, 
South America, and Bert Jordan ac- 
cepted a call to serve on the main- 
tenance crew of Grace College and 
Seminary at Winona Lake, Indiana. 
The Lord laid the burden of the 
Brethren Construction Company 
upon the hearts of Mr. and Mrs. Ro) 
Davidson, and they publicly gave 
their lives to this ministry and joined 
the crew in Everett, Pennsylvania, 
about November 15, 1964. These 
are the first "full-time" home mission 
workers to go from our church. 

At present, we have a Bible insti- 

tute type program for our adults. We 
have a closely graded Sunday school 
for the children. We have a thriving 
Wednesday evening program for the 
whole family. We have been able to 
give you the numerical gains in our 
Sunday school because we must keep 
this e\'er before us. However, we al- 
ways have more in our morning 
worship service than in our Sundav 
school, for which we praise the Lord. 
This past year has been the biggest 
year of blessings yet. 

We are looking forward in 1965, 
trusting God to help us begin a new 
work in Elizabethtown and also trust- 
ing Him for the first full year of 
total New Testament polity in our 
church, now being self-supporting. 
We have been trusting the Lord to 
do great things, and He did. We feel 
that we are just now on the thresh- 
old of even greater things. These 
things were made possible in the past 
only because our people were dedi- 
cated to Christ, so many people were 
praying for Lancaster, and God 
placed His power and blessing upon 
our church. Although we have gone 
self-supporting, this does not mean 
that we are self-dependent. Our de- 
pendency is upon the Lord Jesus 
Christ and upon the pra)'ers of God's 
saints. ▼ 

Sacramento Joins 
Home Mission Family 

The Grace Brethren Church of 
Sacramento, California, was just re- 
cently approved as a Brethren home- 
mission church. It represents the 
newest addition to the Brethren home 
mission family. 

With the 1965 budget already set 
up, there was no way of including 
Sacramento without adding to the 
budget. For this reason, a Minute- 
Man appeal has been made. The let- 
ter should be in your hand by this 
time and a good response will be 
needed to assist these Sacramento 

The Sacramento church will be in 
the Nor-Cal district, and the district 
mission board will be cooperating in 
the development of the church. ▼ 

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Prayer is placed at the top because it is the most important 
way vou could help Brethren home missions. It is the one way 
that everyone can make a worthwhile contribution. 


Gifts are always needed for the growing work of Brethren 
home missions. A gift of $5 or more makes you a voting mem- 
ber for one year, and a gift of $100 or more makes you a life 
member of The Brethren Home Missions Council. You still 
have time to make a gift for this fiscal year, which does not 
end until March 31. 


A new annuitv rate is in effect which pavs up to 10 per 
cent depending upon your age. You can have a guaranteed 
income for life through the purchase of annuity bonds. An- 
nuities are issued in amounts of $100 or more. 


You can make The Brethren Home Missions Council the 
beneficiary of your estate or insurance policy. In this way, 
you use what God has given you for vour lifetime, and then 
vou return it to Him for His work. 


The Brethren Investment Foundation has been incorporated 
to help finance Brethren home-mission churches. You can open 
a savings account with $1 or more and receive 4 per cent in- 
terest. Five per cent interest is paid on loans of $500 or more. 
The best investment you will e\'er make is in the Lord's work. 

So you see, everyone can help in some wav. If v\'e can assist 
you in deciding the best way to help Brethren home missions, 
write today. 



The Brethren I 

Home Missions Council, Inc. i 

Box 587, Winona Lake, Indiana S 



By Mrs. Marvin Lowery 

New! Everyone likes something 
new, and we have had a large share 
of new experiences in the last few 
weeks— a new house trailer, a new 
call to serve, a new field of service, 
a new home, new people, nev\' names 
to learn, and a new year. 

When we v\'ere approached by the 
home-mission board concerning the 
work here in Dryhill, we found our- 
selves once again praying that the 
Lord would show us His perfect 
will for our lives and where He 
would have us serve Him. The an- 
swer He ga\'e us was, "Go to Dry- 
hill." We had just purchased a new 
mobile home, \\'hich was put up for 
sale and is vet to be sold, and headed 
for our "new" home in Kentucky. 

Here we have met many new 
people and, we hope, have made new 
friends. Along with new people are 
new names to learn, which is always 
a hard job for us. 

Yes, many new things, places, peo- 
ple, and a new mission field. Al- 
though our place of service has 
changed, we're so happy that our 
message has not. It is not a "new" or 
"strange" Gospel; it is still the old, 
old story of the love of God for men 
and His power to save them from 
sin. This message does not change 
from community to community, nor 
does it change in relation to the 
wealth or poxertv, literacy or illiter- 
acy of the people to whom it is taken. 
This message remains the same. 

It is our praver that the year 1965 
will see many Kentucky men, wom- 
en, children, and young people made 
"new" in Christ. Second Corin- 
thians 5:17 says, "Therefore if anv 
man be in Christ, he is a new crea- 
ture: old things are passed away; be- 
hold, all things are become new." 

Please pray with and for us. T 

bruary 20, 1965 

Brethren Home Missions 






This is the theme of the first dis- 
trict conference to be held in the 
State of Florida. How fitting this 
theme is when we remember that 
The Brethren Church entered this 
state for the first time January 1955. 

Rev. Ralph J. Colburn wrote the 
following in the November 20, 1954, 
Brethren Missionary Herald: "Florida 
is a growing state and doubtless will 
continue to grow more rapidly than 
many other places, industrially, agri- 
culturally, and otherwise. And there 
are far too few churches there which 
have a Bible teaching ministry even 
approaching that of The Brethren 

"Florida is thus an open door for 
The Brethren Church. We have an 
opportunity to 'grow up with the 
state.' The apostle Paul wrote to the 
Corinthians, 'A great door and ef- 
fectual is opened unto me, and there 
are many adversaries.' It will not be 
easy to start Brethren churches in this 
area where our name and doctrines 
are unknown and where a few larger 

denominations are particularly strong. 
But it can he done. It will not be 
easy to be the most isolated Brethren 
church in the states (about 800 miles 
from the nearest sister church) but 
perhaps it will spur us to greater 
zeal in getting others started nearby." 

Ten years later a conference of 
Brethren churches! Four thriving 
churches, each with its own building. 
Two new groups starting at the point 
where Brother Ralph Colburn be- 
gan the Brethren testimony in Florida 
at Fort Lauderdale. Yes, here is proof; 
"it can be done. " But it can be done 
only under the leadership and direc- 
tion of the Spirit of God. Of course. 
He used our Brother Colburn and 
other Brethren people through Breth 
ren home missions. 

The date set for this first Florida 
conference is March 1,2, and 3, 1965. 
You are invited to this "once in a 
lifetime first" to see personally ho\\' 
the Brethren church has moved 
"Forward by Faith in Florida" with 
God's blessing. ▼ 

Sxome <JMlssion ^leld ztxepo^ts 

DRYHILL, KY. (Marvin Lower>', 
missionary). Miss Evelyn Fuqua 
completed her ministry here and flew 
to Huntington Park, California, on 
January 19, 1965. A farewell dinnei 
was held on Tuesday night, January 
12. and "Miss Evelyn" was given 
two pieces of Samsonite luggage as a 
farewell gift. 

GOSHEN, IND. (James Kennedy, 
pastor). On Sunday morning, De- 
cember 6, we announced that $450 

was needed to realize the goal for 
full payment of the pews installed 
November 1 . On that same day, $450 
was counted in the offering. Praise 
the Lord! Some faith pledges were 
not completed, and with the amount 
above the pew needs, it was voted to 
supply new pulpit furniture. On Jan- 
uary 17 this additional furniture was 
added and used for the first time. 

JACKSON, MICH. (Gilbert 
Hawkins, pastor). The average year- 

ly attendance has increased 60 per 
cent or more each year. In 1962 it 
was 18.4; in 1963 it was 30.6; and 
in 1964 the attendance reached 47.9. 
The church has completed a num- 
ber of improvements on the present 
building, making more Sunday- 
school classrooms available. 

KENT, WASH. (Phillip J. Sim- 
mons, pastor). We rejoice in that 
we have more than doubled our at- 
tendance in the first year as the 
Grace Brethren Church of Kent. We 
also rejoice and praise God for the 
decisions and new members during 
this time. The Lord has provided a 
meeting place close to our lot. 

KOKOMO, IND. (Herman H. 
Hein, Jr., pastor). The Christmas 
Gift to Jesus offering amounted to 
$230 and was enough to provide 
storm windows for the church. An 
additional prayer hour has been 
added at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays with 
attendance about equal to the regular 
mid\\'eek prayer time. 


Home-mission workshops 
will be conducted for all mis- 
sion pastors and their wives 
in March. 

Western— Navajo Mission 
-March 9-11. 

Eastern— First Brethren 
Church, Canton, Ohio — 
March 23-25. 

vin Hobson, pastor). We praise the 
Lord that during 1964 we were able 
to pay more on our building debt 
than in all the previous years com- 
bined. An additional $490 was raised 
for a sewer assessment. On the last 
Sunday of 1964, a lady rededicated 
her life to the Lord. 

FREMONT, OHIO (Granville 
Tucker, pastor). During the New 
Year's Eve service, there were 42 
rededications, and there was a first- 
tim.e decision on the following Sun- 
day. Sunday-school attendance for the 
first Sunday of the new year was 65, 
and the evening service attendance 
was 58. 


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Brethren Home Missions 


Personal Testimony — What's Its Worth? 

By Bruce L. Button 

Each time a nev^' person is intro- 
duced into one of our Bible classes, 
I ask myself, "How much testimony 
has this person received regarding 
the Lord Jesus and His abiHty to 
save? And how was the testimony 
given— in the wisdom of God or the 
wisdom of man? Who gave the testi- 
monv— some loved one or some 
stranger?" It is seldom I get the an- 
swers to these questions for the op- 
portunity seldom presents itself 
whereby I can gain this information. 
So, as people come into the class, we 
try, by means of the messages and 
by personal testimonv of each of the 
staff members, to reach them with 
the message of the love of God in 
Christ Jesus the Lord. And it is al- 
ways thrilling to see them begin to 
grasp these truths and give evidence 
of the working of the Holy Spirit 
in their minds and hearts. 

But many times long periods elapse 
between the time they have their 
first contact with us and the time 
when they choose to receive the Lord 
as Saviour. Sometimes it seems they 
will never respond to the gracious 
invitation of God, "Believe on the 
Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt he 
saved, and thy house." 

This is particularly true when you 
have dealt with them over a period 
of 10, II, or even 15 vears, as we 
have with some. However, we do 
have contact occasionally with a per- 
son who seems to be waiting for 
someone to tell him of the Lord that 
he might respond by receiving Him 
as his own personal Saviour. How 
grateful I am that the Lord blessed 
me with such an experience as this 
just the other day. 

Mrs. Allen is a Jewish woman. Her 
husband passed away about six 
months ago. Her life has been one 
of sadness since that time, and she 
has been quite bitter. Immediately 
she moved from the place where she 
had lived with her husband. She en- 
gaged a room in a boarding house 
which was run by another Jewish 

woman, Mrs. Seigle by name. This 
woman is a member of our Wednes- 
day evening Bible class. Although 
Mrs. Seigle is not a believer, she is 
much attracted to the claims of the 
Lord Jesus Christ. Because of this, 
she has brought other people to our 
class, and she brought Mrs. Allen 
to the Christmas party we held for 
this group. 

Mrs. Allen failed to come to the 
meetings for the next two weeks. 
Then she attended the meeting on 
the evening of January 6. The fol- 
lowing week she did not come to the 
class. Sunday afternoon, January 17, 
while I was in the study, the phone 
rang. It was another member of oui 
Wednesday evening class, a Mrs. 
Isaacson. Mrs. Allen had called her 
and was very depressed. She had 
promised to be at Mrs. Isaacson's 
home within the hour. Mrs. Isaacson 
wanted me to come at the same time 
that I might deal with Mrs. Allen. 

When I arrived at the Isaacson 
home, Mrs. Allen was there. I sat 
down and listened to what she had 
to say. In brief, she was lonelv for 
her husband; she could see no rea- 
son for going on as she had been 
doing; she needed something for 
which to live. She finished her state- 
ment by saying, "Mr. Button, I have 
nothing to live for. I cry all the time. 
I am not happy. Why do I feel this 
way? Why do I do what I do?" 

Using God's Word, I pointed out 
that God loved her and that He 
wanted to handle her problems but 
she must be willing to let Him do 
so. I read Matthew 11:28 and point- 
ed out she could find rest only in 
the Lord and His purpose for her 
life. I cited the Romans 8:28 to 29 
passage and told her that the child of 
God never had anything "bad" 
happen. Regardless of what hap- 
pened, it was God working "good" 
for him. Then with appropriate pas- 
sages, I pointed out that all are sin- 
ners in need of forgiveness; that God 
condemns sin but makes a way of 

escape for the sinner through the 
death of His blessed Son; that the 
dear Lord Jesus, the Messiah, was 
willing to die on Calvary's cross and 
there suffer the punishment which 
belonged to us because of our guilt; 
and that by confessing Jesus as our 
Lord before men and believing what 
God's Word said about Him we 
could be saved, we could become a 
child of God. Then I invited her to 
make her confession before God and 
to accept Jesus as her Saviour and 
Messiah and recognize Him as God 
the Son. 

As we dropped to our knees, I 
led in prayer; then this dear Jewish 
woman made her peace with God 
through her Lord Jesus Christ. As 
we arose from praver, I rejoicing and 
she in newness of life, she began 
to tell me something of her husband's 
last days. 

"I'm sure," she said, "he was a 
Christian. While he never said much 
to me about the Lord and while he 
didn't go to church regularly, still 
he did know much about the Bible. 
And in those last few days while he 
was so ill, I heard him pray to the 
Lord Jesus many times. Once when 
he thought I was not within hearing 
distance, I heard him pray, 'Lord 
Jesus, you take care of my Edyth.' 
I've never forgotten that prayer of 

Here was my answer as to how 
it was possible for the Lord to reach 
this woman's heart in such a short 
time— the testimony of her husband's 
prayer. So more than ever, I believe 
personal testimony, however given, 
is worth more than anything else in 
this world. In this case, it was worth 
the value of this woman's soul. 

I wish you might have seen Mrs. 
Allen's face as I pointed out to her 
what was in store for her should she 
be here at the coming of the Lord. As 
I read I Thessalonians 4:14 to 18, 
she cried out, "Then the Lord xvill 
bring my husband with Him! What a 
wonderful truth to know. And if I 
don't wait till He comes back, I'll 
still go to be with Him and my hus- 

Yes, it pays to witness even in the 
ways which do not appear to be wit- 
nessing. Are you a witness for the 
Lord Jesus? T 

February 20, 7965 


Brethren Church has made plans to 
hold a fellowship dinner, with a 
prominent guest speaker, at a fine 
restaurant once each quarter. The 
first of these dinners was held Feb. 
17, with Prof. Wayne Snider, of 
Grace College, as speaker. Paul Fink, 

The first Florida District conference 
is to be held at the Grace Brethren 
Church here Aiarch 1 to 3, with the 
theme, "Forward by Faith in Florida." 
The six Florida pastors will be par- 
ticipating, as well as Rev. Lester 
Pifer and Rev. Kenneth Teague. 
Visiting Brethren are invited to in- 
clude this conference in their Florida 
vacations! Ralph J. Colburn, pastor. 

Grabill, acting national youth direc- 
tor, and a Grace College girls' trio 
took part in the morning worship 
service at First Brethren Church Jan. 
31. On Feb. 7, young people of the 
church had special parts in the morn- 
ing service, and Dr. L. L. Grubb 
spoke and showed home-mission pic- 
tures in the evening. W. A. Ogden, 

gratulation to Mr. and Mrs. Rade- 
macher, members of North Long 
Beach Brethren Church, who cele- 
brated their 50th wedding anniver- 
sary Jan. 24. George O. Peek, pastor. 

NOTICE: On Evangelism Sun- 
day, Feb. 28, churches will be re- 
ceiving a special offering for the 
Board of Evangelism. Checks should 
be mailed to the chairman of this 
board. Rev. Dean Fetterhoff, 112 S. 
Dorchester Ave., Wheaton, 111. The 
National Fellowship of Brethren 
Laymen cooperates in sponsoring this 
special Sunday, and all offerings re- 

ceived are credited to the laymen. 

HARRAH, WASH. Special speak- 
ers at Harrah Brethren Church Jan. 
24 were Rev. Mar\'in Goodman and 
Rev. Don Miller, both missionaries 
to Central African Republic. A mis- 
sionarv conference, held Monday 
through Friday, included messages 
by Rev. Don Miller, Miss Mary 
Gripe, missionary to Africa, and Rev. 
Clyde Landrum of our foreign mis- 
sion office. The film "Mightier than 
the Sword" was shown. Thursday 
night was designated vouth emphasis 
night. On the following Sunday Rev. 
Donald Bishop, missionary to Argen- 
tina, spoke in the morning and an- 
other film, "Suicide Mountain," was 
shown in the evening. Howard Snive- 
ly is pastor. 

WHEATON, ILL. The first series 
of R. Paul Miller Memorial lectures 
on evangelism were presented by Rev. 
Dean Fetterhoff, pastor of Grace 
Brethren Church here, during the 
Grace Bible Conference at Winona 
Lake, Ind., Jan. 26 to 29. The Herald 
Company plans to put these four lec- 
tures on evangelism in booklet form. 
Publication date is tentatively set 
for June 1, 1965, and the price will 
be $1.00 per copy. 


Sanders, associate director of the 
Brethren Youth Council, met with 
the Christian education staff, the 
church young people, and later the 
entire congregation of First Brethren 
Church during the afternoon and 
evening of Jan. 25. Richard P. De- 
Armey, pastor. 

CLAYSBURG, PA. A new Breth- 
ren church was organized here Jan. 
19. The Claysburg Grace Brethren 
Church, with 14 charter members, is 
at present under the leadership of 
Pastors Victor S. Rogers and Sheldon 
W. Snyder. Laymen from the Blair- 

Bedford area met with the new group 
Jan. 21; they have given several sub- 
stantial gifts to help with renovation 
of the present meeting place. 

ORLANDO, FLA. Attendance 
doubled on the second Sunday of 
regular services at the new Grace 
Brethren Church of Orlando. On 
Jan. 3, 14 were present; a week later 
there were 29. Pastor Huey McFar- 
land was baptized and examined for 
licensure in The Brethren Church 
on Jan. 14 by Pastors Ralph Colburn, 
Dean Risser, and William Taylor. 
The Orlando church is meeting tem- 
porarily in the First Federal Savings 
and Loan building. This is Brethren 
church number six in Florida. 

27 Rev. Bill Yoder, of Geneva, 
Switzerland, director of Youth for 
Christ International in Europe, was 
the guest speaker at First Brethren 
Church. John R. Terrell, pastor. 

nesday night, Jan. 27, First Brethren 
Church saw slides presenting our 
newest missionaries under appoint- 
ment to Africa, Rev. and Mrs. Eddie 
Mensinger. William H. Schaffer, 

school workers' conference was held 
at Rialto Brethren Church recently 
under the direction of Dr. Harold 
Etling, national Sunday-school direc- 
tor. Mr. Ken Sanders, national as- 
sociate youth director, was another 
recent speaker in the church. Gerald 
Polman, pastor. 

and Vandalia young people joined 
the Brookville Grace Brethren 
Church Jan. 31 for a Youth for Christ 
rally. Dale Kurtz, the Dayton Youth 
for Christ director, was special speak- 
er. Clair Brickel, pastor. 


Notice of meetingi to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Church Date 

Berne, Ind. Feb. 28-March 
Pompano Beach, 

Fla March 7-17 . 

Lansing, Mich. Feb. 22-28 

Kenneth Russell 

William Taylor 
J. Ward Tressler 

Nathan Meyer 

Mason Cooper 
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FORT MYERS, FLA. Dedication 
of the beautiful nev\' church here 
will be held on Feb. 28 at 4 p.m., 
with Rev. Ralph J. Colburn bringing 
the dedication message. Pastor Col- 
burn and the choir of the Fort Lau- 
derdale church are planning to make 
the 160-mile trip after the morning 
service, along with Rev. Dean Ris- 
ser and Rev. William Tavlor, to par- 
ticipate in the dedication and to pre- 
sent a musical program in the eve- 
ning. Visiting Brethren in Florida 
are invited to plan this event in their 
vacation schedule. Bernard Schnei- 
der, pastor. 

TRACY, CALIF. At a recent 
business meeting the Grace Brethren 
Church extended a unanimous call 
to Rev. Alfred Dodds to continue as 
their pastor for another year. During 
the past year, a membership of 21 
has put nearlv $2000 into improve- 
ments on the church propertv, fi- 
nanced all operations of the church, 
and raised $1,324 for missions. The 
congregation has voted unanimouslv 
to give 15 per cent of all general 
funds to missions in 1965, besides 
regularlv designated gifts. Plans for 
1965 also include a systematic visita- 
tion crusade. Twelve first-time deci- 
sions for Christ were recorded dur- 
ing the past year. 

evening, Jan. 31, the combined youth 
groups of Commonwealth Avenue 
Brethren Church met for supper, 
with Mr. Dan Grabill, acting national 
youth director, as their guest. Mr. 
Grabill also spoke in the evening 
service, and a trio from Grace Col- 
lege presented the special music. 
Church young people were in charge 
of the midweek prayer service and 
the following Sunday evening serv- 
ice. John J. Burns, pastor. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. On Jan. 24, 
1 1 new members joined the Riverside 
Brethren Church; this makes a total 
of 28 new members in the past 14 
months. Don Rough, pastor. 

College basketball team, the Grace 
Lancers, were in charge of the Sun- 
day evening service at First Brethren 
Church Jan. 24. The group of 22 
young men presented songs, testi- 

monies, and a message. On the two 
following Sunday evenings Pastor 
Charles Turner gave a pictorial re- 
port of his recent trip to the mission 
field of Brazil. 

gregation of First Brethren Church 
has voted to form a building com- 
mittee to prepare for expansion of the 
Sunday-school facilities. Mr. Dan 
Miles, of Scripture Press, a member 
of the North Long Beach Brethren 
Church, conducted a Sundav-school 
workshop here recentlv. On Jan. 17 
a young man made a public profes- 
sion of Christ as Saviour. Jesse B. 
Deloe, Jr., pastor. 

K. Gegner resigned as pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church at the an- 
nual business meeting Jan. 13. On 
Jan. 27 he accepted the call to be- 
come the new pastor of First Breth- 
ren Church, Ankenvtovvn, Ohio. He 
will assume his new responsibilities 
after April 11. 

WOOSTER, OHIO. Bill Pearce, 
well-known radio and recording 
artist, presented a sacred concert at 
First Brethren Church Saturday eve- 
ning, Jan. 23. Mr. Pearce has min- 
istered the Gospel in music over the 
WMBI station of Moody Bible In- 
stitute for the past 16 years. The 
Sterling, Ohio, Brethren Sunday 
school has decided to receive a special 
offering one Sunday each month to 
help with the cost of the Wooster 
group's local broadcast. The Wooster 
church has recorded 126 public de- 
cisions during the past year, 33 of 
which were first-time confessions of 
faith. Kenneth Ashman, pastor. 

WHITTIER, CALIF. Jan. 24 to 

31 were the dates of the Victory 
Crusade at Community Brethren 
Church. Harry Lintz, evangelist, and 
Jimmie Davis, song leader, presented 
an effective ministry. On the first 
day of the crusade 20 public decisions 
were made, five of them for salvation. 
Ward A. Miller is pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Patterson Park 
Brethren Church enjoyed the min- 
istry of Herb Hoover, well-known 
Gospel soloist, in both the morning 
and evening service Jan. 31. In the 
evening, Mr. Hoover presented the 
message as well as the special music. 
Nathan Casement, pastor. 


Woodville Grace Brethren Church 
recorded 84 decisions of all kinds dur- 
ing the past year. M. L. Myers, pas- 

Mrs. Leo Polman, of Rialto, Calif., 
held special meetings at Grace Breth- 
ren Church Jan. 17 to 20. Rev. Pol- 
man is director of the Brethren Fi- 
nancial Planning Service. Henry 
Dalke, pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Congratula- 
tions to Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Hud- 
delston, who celebrated their 50th 
wedding anniversary Feb. 7. The 
Huddlestons are members of First 
Brethren Church. G. Forrest Jack- 
son, pastor. 

and Mrs. Frank Gardner, 2645 Main, 
Davenport, Iowa. Rev. and Mrs. 
Sewell S. Landrum, Clayhole, Ky. 
Rev. and Mrs. Archie Lynn, 99 S. 
Raymond, Pasadena, Calif. 91101. 
Rev. and Mrs. A. Harold Arrington, 
800 Deary Lane, Virginia Beach, Va. 

PALMYRA, PA. The Grace Brethren Church recendy installed new red 
wall-to-wall carpeting in the church auditorium. Much of the work was 
done by members and friends. Russell FI. Weber, pastor. 

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Pastor Bob Miller points out the sacred Jewish amulet on doorpost. 

Brethren Minister Fights 
Nazis With a Mezuzah 

By Rev. Martin Meyer Rosen 

Minister in Charge, American Board of Missions to the Jews 

Anyone who knows Pastor Rob- 
ert E. A. (Bob) Miller of the First 
Brethren Church, Glendale, Cali- 
fornia, knows that he is a man of 
action. He is also known for his 
Christian concern for the Jewish 
people, and as a champion of Jewish 

For the past 25 years of his min- 
istry the first Sunday of the year has 
always been set aside for the purpose 
of preaching on subjects pertaining 
to the Jewish people and to prophecy, 
or Jewish evangelism. 

He is indeed a person who is 
known for his love of the Jewish peo- 

ple. However, it is not enough for 
a man of action merely to sav that 
he loves the Jewish people. Recently 
he had an opportunity to show what 
was in his heart. The American Nazi 
Party made a much-publicized move 
to Glendale, California. In the course 
of their publicity they used the word 
"Christian" many times, but not to 
mean one who was a follower of 
Christ or even of those things which 
pertain to Christ. They used the 
word to mean "non-Jewish" or even 
"anti-Jewish," thus furthering the 
misconception, as held by many Jew- 
ish people today, of what true Chris- 
tianitv is. 

Pastor Miller decided that he 
would do something to show the 
Jewish communitv that Nazism did 
not have the approval of Christ, nor 
was their Jew-hate acceptable to true 
Christians. He began protesting 
against the Nazis bv sending state- 
ments to the newspapers but, un- 
fortunately, the words of the Nazis 
were considered more newsworthy 
than the repudiations bv a respected 
Christian minister. 

However, Pastor Miller wasn't to 
be so easily discouraged. He went 
to the Jewish district and purchased 
a Mezuzah. A Mezuzah is a small 
scroll container about the size of an 
index finger. It is commonly posted 
on the home of every orthodox Jewish 
person, as required by the Jewish law 
in Deuteronomy 6. The Jewish homes 
in German-occupied Europe were 
readily recognized by the Nazis bv 
the Mezuzah on the door. Thus, this 
outward symbol of the Jews' willing- 

Pastor Miller with Mrs. Miller, looking over 
some of the mail response. 


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ness to show their faith in the God of 
Israel was often the token which led 
to their own persecution. 

Rev. Bob Miller had just such a 
Mezuzah posted on the door of the 
parsonage at 517 Glenwood Road in 
Glendale. It wasn't long before the 
local newspapers and television were 
on to the story and, in many inter- 
views that followed, he was able to 
make a Christian protest against 
Nazism and what it was doing. 

Before Pastor Miller put the Mezu- 
zah on his door, he was cautioned bv 
friends at the American Board of 
Missions to the Jews that his stand 
might result in more opposition and 
annoyance than he might imagine; 
sure enough, once his stand was 
known, the hate literature began to 
pour in through the mail. Most of 
it came with no return address. There 
were also bitter and acrimonious 
phone calls to "set him straight." Pas- 
tor Bob patiently answered each 

phone call and gave as much time 
as he was able to each caller. He 
prayed that he might show forth the 
Christian love which the Lord im- 
parted to him, but at the same time, 
he took an unwavering stand. 

However, not all of the communi- 
cations were acrimonious. Scores of 
Jewish people called on the telephone 
and sent letters of appreciation for 
what Pastor Miller was doing on be- 
half of the Jewish people. Rabbi 
Magnin, who is perhaps the most in- 
fluential Jewish leader on the West 
Coast, devoted his whole weekly 
newspaper article to comments on 
the Christianity of Pastor Bob. He 
said: "This man is a real Christian. 
He practices what he preaches .... 
and this is not always easy." Several 
other rabbis sent expressions of greet- 
ings and felicitations and words of 

Along with this came something 
which would be coveted by every 

full-time missionary to the Jews. Pas- 
tor Miller received several invita- 
tions to speak in synagogues and be- 
fore various Jewish groups. 

What will he tell them? Some 
have asked to see the color slides 
which he took on his recent trip to 
Israel. But others have asked to hear 
frankly what Pastor Miller believes 
about the Jews and vi'hy he took the 
st^p which he did. Rev. Miller hopes 
to be able to suit his message to each 
of the groups of Jews to whom he 
speaks. However, the prayer of his 
heart is that he'll be able to tell each 
group something of their redemption 
in Christ, the Messiah of Israel. 

Pastor Miller has also been asked 
by the Los Angeles Branch of the 
American Board of Missions to the 
Jews to serve as a special consultant 
and has been added to their speakers 
bureau for the purpose of sharing 
the burden of his heart, which is the 
desire that Israel might be saved. ▼ 


A wide variety of communication was received. 

February 20, 7965 






"A truly American sentiment recog- 
nizes the dignity of labor and the 
fact that honor Has in honest toil." 
This is a statement made by former 
President Grover Cleveland. Either 
the times have changed since the 
days of Mr. Cleveland or else man 
is now freer to display his beligerent 
spirit against a decree that was made 
by God from the very beginning. 
When Adam and Eve rebelled 
against some stringent requirements 
placed upon them by the Creator, 
they found themselves faced with 
even more restricting limitations in 
regard to daily living. Because man 
had eaten of the tree in the midst of 
the garden, the Lord said among 
other things, "In the sweat of thy 
face shalt thou eat bread, till thou 
return into the ground" (Gen. 3:19). 
For a great portion of the human 


race this has been hard to accept. So 
hard has it been to accept that var- 
ious schemes, connivings, and ways 
of life have been invented to escape 
the curse of God. Our government is 
compelled to spend millions of the 
tax payer's dollars to control crimes 
that have consciously or unconscious- 
ly been committed to beat the rap 
and ease the sting leveled upon man 
for his sin. There are few, if any, 
methods left undiscovered whereby 
man might make a living without fac- 
ing up to God's harsh requirements 
because of the Fall. 

But God's harsh ways are always 
best. An honest laborer, whether his 
sweat comes from physical exertion 
or mental exercise, will readily ac- 
knowledge the veracity of Mr. Cleve- 
land's statements and the wisdom of 
almighty God. There are personal 

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benefits that go along with adhering 
to God's wisdom which every indus- 
trious worker recognizes at the close 
of an honest day of labor. There are 
physical, mental, and psychological 
rewards paid to the individual who 
bows before the decrees of the al- 
mighty Judge. But even more im- 
portant in our day of luxury and 
ease is the need for patriotic Ameri- 
cans to see that what God has decreed 
is necessary for our nation, under 
God, to survive in the mad rush for 
pleasure and delectation. What God 
has decreed goes against the grain 
of our pleasure-seeking populace. 
Such unhealthy public sentiment 
was detected by the late John F. 
Kennedv when in his inaugural ad- 
dress he made famous the saying, 
"Ask not what vour country can do 

By Rev. Clair Brickel 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Brookville, Ohio 

for you but what you can do for your 
country." Such rebuke was long over- 
due, or the memorable quote would 
not have been coined. Our govern- 
ment cannot play the part of a social 
savior for lazy derelicts and still 
have a nation over which it can rule. 
We who adhere to the Christian Gos- 
pel cannot condemn efforts to help 
the sick, lame, fatherless, and widows 
without rightly bearing the condem- 
nation of the humanitarian. Nor 
should we be found absent from the 
ranks of those who honestly strive 
to help our fellowmen. But at the 
same time we cannot heartily endorse 
methods that are employed to help 
irresponsible citizens to openly defy 
God's judgment in regard to the way 
of honest living. 

A company using large quantities 

of hickory sent three men into east- 
ern Kentucky to locate standing hick- 
ory timber and to hire men to split 
up the billets. An abundance of tim- 
ber was located, but labor to do the 
work was not available. Not one 
single billet was produced, and all 
the monev spent cruising to find the 
hickory and to hire the men was 
wasted. In a certain county of Cali- 
fornia, a man with four children can 
draw $232.50 per month welfare 
without doing a stroke of work. That 
amounts to $1.52 per hour for a nor- 
mal work week. When a recent spot 
check was made, 613 families were 
found to be drawing such benefits. 
Nevertheless, when the strawberry 
growers of the region needed 300 
workers and offered good wages and 
free transportation to and from work, 
only one person accepted. Under 
urging from the Welfare Department, 
nine finally showed up to work. If 
we are willing to go along with the 
assumption that man can live with- 
out work, our difficulties will mul- 
tiply. Subsidies do not produce 
sturdy, self-reliant people. 

Elsewhere God has told us, "If 
any would not work, neither should 
he eat" (II Thess. 3:10). If this re- 
striction placed upon the lazy Thes- 
salonians became mandatory in our 
own great society, there would be far 
less scampering for the calorie count- 
ers and more willingness to grab the 
ax and cut hickory or pick straw- 
berries. Idleness is the seedbed for 
sin. Could there be any connection 
between this and the mounting na- 
tional problem facing the law en- 
forcing agencies of our land? We 
think of the proverbial "playboy" as 
the rich man's son who does not have 
to work for a living but indulges in 
sensuous living. Webster's definition 
of the "playboy" is "a pleasure-seek- 
ing profligate." This strikes so close 
home to our pleasure-seeking citizens 
that to try to overlook the the simi- 
larities is not only impossible but 

Let God be true! His way will 
work. Ours will not, especially when 
our way is antithetical to God's way. 
Let it not be said that we are un- 
sympathetic to the problems facing 
the leaders of almost two billion peo- 
ple. Unusual stress is currently being 
placed on the poor of our nation. If 

their plight can be eased without 
steering contrary to what God says is 
right, we should endorse it. Past ex- 
perience has made us dubious as to 
whether we are helping them to help 
themselves or allowing them to con- 
form to the current urge of seeking 
something without physical effort. 
We should remember that the Lord 
told his disciples, "Ye have the poor 
always with you" (Matt. 26:11). Not 
that they should not be helped, but 
let us beware lest we incubate ideas 
of millennial proportions. 

It seems quite obvious that the 
way out of the woods is not to fur- 
ther encourage participation in the 
mistakes that have fostered the pres- 
ent dilemma. God has the answer; 
may His way be given recognition in 
the hearts of every true citizen of our 
great country. ▼ 

WeJMng Bells 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Lorna Lee Russell and Rex Edward 
Davis, Jan. 9, First Brethren 
Church, Lyndhurst, Ohio. 

Elsie Salazar and Gilbert Leyba, 
Dec. 26, Grace Brethren Church, 
Albuquerque, N. Mex. 

Harriet Lawlor and Douglas 
Thompson, Jan. 30, Grace Brethren 
Church, Trotwood, Ohio. 

Pat Brick and Jim Claus, Jan. 23, 
North Long Beach Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif. 

Judy Roe Lovegrove and Ronald 
Dean Trayer, Jan. 30, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Lansing, Mich. 

cJn fJuemouam 

Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

DYER, Raymond C, was called 
home to be with the Lord Jan. 18. 
He had been a faithful member of 
First Brethren Church, Washington, 
D, C, since 1929. He served in var- 
ious capacities as a member of the 
official boards and committees of the 
church. William A. Ogden, pastor. 

LONG, Mrs. Grace, passed away 
on Jan. 22. She had been a mem- 
ber of the First Brethren Church of 
Clay City, Ind., for several years. 
Robert Clouse, pastor. 

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ministry, communicating with society, gearing itself to 
its needs." 




By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, President 

Grace Theological Seminary and College 

Eternity's Intersection witti Time 

In the December 25th issue of Time, commenting on 
matters religious across the world, an illuminating article 
begins on page 45 and runs for several pages. It is evi- 
dent from the tone, style, and content of the article that 
the writer is in no sense desirous of personal invohe- 
ment. His purpose is obviously observation and decla- 
ration and not endorsement. For those who possess keen 
spiritual discernment acquired through long years of 
intimate study of the Word of God, this article is espe- 
cially helpful in marking the trends in prophetic fulfill- 

Christmas is referred to as "a celebration of eternity's 
intersection with time." Immediately, however, that 
which appeared to possess solid, scriptural substance in 
the person of the eternal God incarnate in human flesh, 
disappears in a spiritualizing mist. "My servant" (Isa. 
42:1) etherealizes into the "servant church" which 
"should serve society, which also predetermines its form 
and shape. In the new world, the church should really 
live the contents of the Gospel, living out its messianic 

A New Reformation Spirit 

As the level of spiritual comprehension gradually de- 
scends from the supernatural level to the natural level 
the humanizing element will become more pronounc- 
ed. The ecumenical breakthrough in Catholicism is 
just one of the straws in the wind. "To many Protestants 
ancient divisions now seem so irrelevant, compared with 
the need for unity, that the churches of Britain, at a his- 
toric conference in Nottingham last September, could 
confidently set a target date for their organic union in 
1980." This is the way ecumenical leadership in Britain 
is viewing the present trends. Others insist that a new 
reformation is on the way as indicated by the strong 
upsurge in concern for spiritual and social responsibility. 

But when this new reformation spirit is examined in 
clearer light, it is found to be a pseudo-spiritual upsurge. 
It is merely an intensifying of the spirit that reduces 
everything to the level of the natural and the social. It 
is new in that new strength is being poured into the pas- 
sion for humanism. It is a reformation in that there is 
insatiable ambition for relaxing spiritual standards, over- 
throwing scriptural rules, abohshing divine institutions 
and safeguards. The spirit of change and overthrow is 
becoming so widespread and so strong that "there is 
neither surprise nor scandal" as old ways and associations 
are scuttled for new departures. 

A New Pentecost Is Abroad 

It is declared that "The spirit of Christian renewal in 
1964 is searching, questioning, critical— willing to chal- 
lenge every doctrine and institution of the church. If 
worship may perhaps be better expressed by folk sing- 
ing, modern dance or drama, the churches are readv to 
try." Could anything more adequately display the mean- 
ing of the prophetic utterance in II Timothy 4:3 and 
4? "For the time will come when they will not endure 
sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they 
heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and 
they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall 
be turned unto fables." 

God Has Been Dying for Centuries 

As the writer of the Time article put it, "In a sense, 
God— the personal, omnicompetent deity of Christendom 
—has been dying for centuries. His Lordship over the 
world has been threatened by every scientist who dis- 
covered a new natural law of organic growth, by every 
invention of man that safeguarded him against 'act of 
God' disaster, by every new medicine that tamed a disease 
and solved another mystery of life." As one theologian 
put it, "The world come of age . . . man has learned to 
cope with all questions of importance without recourse 
to God as a working hypothesis." 

These tragic trends in professing Christendom all mark 
acceleration in the movement toward the end of this age 
and the coming of Christ. T 

February 20, 1965 


A Professor Speaks . 

The Department of Old Testament 
and Hebrew 

The 39 books of the Old Testa- 
ment constitute such a vast Hbrary 
of inspired writings, covering thou- 
sands of years of human history, that 
it is almost impossible for anv theo- 
logical seminary to do justice to these 
books within three short years. This 
problem has been compounded for 
many voung men in America who 
are preparing for the ministry of the 
Word when they discover that the 
seminary they have chosen to attend 
no longer has room in its curriculum 
for an intensive study of the Bible 
itself. Grace Seminary, however, con- 
tinues to place its supreme emphasis 
on the Word of God, which is the 
only instrument God has ever guar- 
anteed to bless in the salvation and 
edification of men (II Tim. 3:16; 

Old Testament studies at Grace 
are divided into three main areas. In 
the first place, courses in the Hebrew 
language prepare the student to use 
the proper tools and techniques for 
discovering many of the "hidden 
treasures" of the Old Testament that 
cannot be seen in English versions. 
Since the Old Testament was the 
Bible used by our Lord and is the 
foundation for all New Testament 
doctrine and history, the value of this 
kind of study for the pastor and 
teacher can readily be seen. 

In the second place, courses in 
Introduction include studies of the 
canon (which books were inspired by 
God?) and the text (which words 
were originally in these books?), 
modern criticism (how to answer 
liberal attacks upon the truth of the 
Old Testament), archaeology (what 
light have recent discoveries shed 
upon the Old Testament?), and Old 
Testament Theology (what basic doc- 
trinal truths did God reveal to men 
in the Old Testament?). These 
courses in Hebrew and in Introduc- 
tion are taught by Dr. S. Herbert 
Bess, who has been on the faculty 
of Grace Seminary for 13 years. 

The third main area of Old Testa- 
ment studies at Grace Seminary, and 
the one in which it has been my 
privilege to teach since 1951, is that 
of English Bible. The purpose of 
these courses is to thoroughly 
acquaint the student with the con- 
tent of the historical and prophetic 
books, with special emphasis on 
chronological framework, compara- 
tive ancient Near Eastern history, 
character studies, problem passages, 
and theological interpretation. The 
entire scope of Old Testament his- 
tory from Creation to the restoration 
under Nehemiah is covered in five 
courses, and daily tests over the chap- 
ters to be studied in class serve as a 
necessary foundation for fruitful 
class discussions. Even in a theologi- 
cal seminary, it is not safe for the 
professor to assume that the student 
already knows his Bible history! 

Courses in Old Testament proph- 
ecy include Major Prophets, Minor 
Prophets, and the Book of Daniel. 
Also, Dr. Bess teaches courses in 
Zechariah, Joel, Zephaniah, Micah, 
and Amos, with special emphasis on 
the Hebrew text. In view of the fact 
that the Old Testament contains 
about eight times as much prophetic 
material relating to the second com- 
ing of Christ as the New Testament, 
fresh and thrilling discoveries await 
anv student who is willing to devote 
himself diligently to a study of the 
Old Testament prophetic books (II 
Tim. 2:15, I Pet. 1:11). 

The Department of Christian 
Theology and Apologetics 

For a number of years I have 
taught two courses in the theology 
department. The course in Christian 
Evidences and Apologetics seeks to 
examine some of the "many infallible 
proofs" for the truth of the Christian 
religion and to deal specifically with 
such attacks against it as the theory 
of organic evolution. Of crucial im- 
portance to every Christian apologist 
is the recognition that unregenerate 
men cannot be "reasoned into the 
Kingdom," but must surrender to 

By John C. Whitcomb, Jr., Th.D. 

Professor of Old Testament 
Grace ScTninary 

the convicting work of the Holv 
Spirit and accept the Lord Jesus 
Christ and the full authority of God's 
Word hy faith. The course in Phi- 
losophy of Religion surveys various 
world religions and especially trends 
within Protestantism (such as liber- 
alism, neo-orthodox\', and neo-evan- 
gelicalism), in the light of Scripture. 

The courses for which our semi- 
nary is perhaps best known are the 
six in Christian Theology, which 
were carefully developed and ablv 
taught bv Dr. Alva J. McClain until 
his retirement three years ago. Re- 
cently, it has been my privilege to 
teach the first year courses in God 
and Revelation, and Christ and the 
Spirit, while Dr. Hoyt, our president, 
teaches the four upper-class courses 
in a two-year cycle. The main text- 
book and final authority in all of 
these courses is the Bible itself in 
the English translation, but supple- 
mented whene\'er necessary by 
exegesis based on the original lan- 

When one faces daily the chal- 
lenge of such studies, with the op- 
portunity of helping to prepare young 
men to preach "the whole counsel 
of God" to our present generation, 
Paul's great question comes imme- 
diately to mind: "Who is sufficient 
for these things?" Thank God for the 
answer that comes back in strength: 
"Our sufficiency is of God!" (II Cor. 
2:16; 3:5). Brethren, pray for us!t 


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The following was yiart of the first lecture delivered hy Rev. Dean Fet- 
terhoff at the Grace Bihle Conference conducted at Grace Seminary as a -part 
of the Dr. R. Paid Miller Memorial Lectures on Evangelism. This special 
series of lectures will he printed in hook form hy the Brethren Missionary 
Herald. Publication date is tentatively schedided for June I, 1965, with a 
prohahle price of $1 a copy. 

By Rev. 

Dean Fetterhoff 


In attempting to discuss the sub- 
ject of evangelism, it is first necessary 
to define exactly what we are talking 
about. In our common usage the 
word "evangelism" covers a wide 
field. We talk of personal evange- 
lism, child evangelism, mass evan- 
gelism, world evangelism, and so 
forth. All these terms can be properlv 
used because of the basic meaning 
of the word. The word "evangelism" 
comes from the Greek "euangelizo," 
meaning "to bring good news, to an- 
nounce glad tidings." It fundamental- 
ly means to proclaim a good message. 
An illustration of this is the angel's 
annunciation to the shepherds in 
Luke 2:10, "Fear not: for behold, 
I bring you good tidings of great joy." 
This verse could properly be ren- 

February 20, 7965 

dered, "Behold, I evangelize you 
with great joy." However, in the 
New Testament the term "evan- 
gelize" is not widely used to speak 
of the telling of various kinds of 
jovful messages. It is almost wholly 
used to describe one message— the 
message of salvation through faith in 
the Lord Jesus Christ. The Chris- 
tian evangel is described by Paul in 
I Corinthians 15:3 and 4— that 
"Christ died for our sins according 
to the scriptures . . . that he was 
buried, and that he rose again the 
third day according to the scriptures." 
John summarized the Gospel when 
he wrote, "But these are written, that 
ye might believe that Jesus is the 
Christ, the Son of God; and that be- 
lieving ye might have life through 

his name" (John 20:31). 

But the New Testament demon- 
strates that true evangelism involves 
more. Another word used many, 
many times in the New Testament to 
describe the proclamation of salvation 
through Christ is the word "kerusso," 
translated primarily by the word 
"preach." The distinction of this 
word is that it signifies a herald. The 
picture is that of a messenger of an 
ancient king going from village to 
village making known a decree of a 
king. This word used of the pre- 
sentation of the Gospel of Christ im- 
plies something deeper— that which 
we often call passion. True evange- 
lism involves not only the presenta- 
tion of the message of salvation, but 
that message must be presented as 


a life or death matter— for that is ex- 
actly what it is. It is to bear witness 
with souls aflame. The inner drive 
which we call passion is basic in 
evangelism. Jesus saw men as sheep 
without a shepherd, and He was 
moved with compassion. He was not 
merely touched; He was moved. If 
He had not been moved, He never 
would have moved them. The evan- 
gelist must personally be moved be- 
fore he can move others. Dr. Charles 
Goodell calls this burning passion foi 
souls the "inflammatory touch." Dr. 
L. R. Elliott has warned that in every 
age there have been those who have 
tried to rob evangelism of its inflam- 
matory touch. They will do so today. 
It is possible to talk, teach and preach 
about God and have no real God- 
consciousness. If the fires and passion 
of evangelism die in the preacher, 
they will very likely bum out in the 
church. As C. E. Autrey has said, 
"Onlv the vigorous will impress the 
world. In the Great Awakening 
(1725-1750) there were several schools 
of theologv. There were the old Cal- 
vinists, the strict Calvinists, and the 
Liberals. The old Calvinists tried to 
get along with all factions and set up 
a middle-of-the-road system which 
would offend none. They succeeded 
in avoiding the brunt of theological 
criticism but they were ignored; and 
having no conviction, they did not 
attract the masses. They soon all 
but disappeared. The strict Calvin- 
ists, like Jonathan Edwards, Gilbert 
Tennant and George Whitefield, 
were discussed, criticized and hated 
bv manv; but they won great hearing, 
converted thousands, and their group 
grew." As one reads the New Testa- 
ment he sees vividly this flame burn- 
ing in the hearts of such men as 
Peter and Paul. John Bunyan was 
thrown into prison at Bedford, Eng- 
land, because he refused to cease 
preaching. He did not stop preaching 
in p.ison. The crowds gathered out- 
side his prison window to hear him. 
The authorities built high walls 
around the prison to keep him from 
preaching through the bars to the 
people. He raised his voice and 
preached out the window and over 
the walls to the crowds. He had a 


The New Testament teaches that 
the primary work of the church in 
the world toda\' and the primary vo- 
cation of every individual Christian 
is to be soul-winning. When a loved 
one is about to pass awav in this life, 
we usually give careful heed to the 
dving requests and final commands. 
Those last cherished words linger 
long in our memory, and in so far as 
possible we are very careful to ful- 
fill completely every wish. When our 
blessed Lord was about to leave this 
earth to ascend to His Father in 
heaven. He chose very carefully those 
words which were to be His parting 
command to His disciples of this 
age. They are recorded in one form 
or another in every Gospel and in 
the book of Acts. Listen to them 
carefully, personally. They are His 
direct orders to you as an individual 


"All power is given unto me in heaven and 
in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all 
nations, baptizing them in the name of 
the Father, and of the Son. and of the 
Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all 
things whatsoever I have commanded you : 
and, lo. I am with you alway, even unto 
the end of the world. Amen" (Matt. 28; 

"Go ye into all the world, and preach the 
gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). 
"Thus it is written, and thus it behoved 
Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead 
the third day: and that repentance and 
remission of sins should be preached in his 
name among all nations, beginning at Jeru- 
salem" (Luke 24:46-47). 
"As my Father hath sent me. even so send 
I you" (John 20:21). 

"But ye shall receive power, after that the 
Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye 
shall be witnesses unto me both in Jeru- 
salem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, 
and unto the uttermost part of the earth" 
(Acts 1:8). 

The Book of Acts is the greatest 
success story in the history of the 
church, and it is a story of evange- 
lism. It is the story of a church obey- 
ing the parting command of its Lord. 
Listen to only a few passages telling 
the story. In each passage where the 
word "euangelizo" appears, I shall 
translate by the word "evangelize." 
"Therefore they that were scattered 
abroad went every where evangeliz- 
ing the word" (Acts 8:4). "And thev 
(Peter and Philip), when thev had 
testified and preached the word of 
the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and 
evangelized many villages of the 
Samaritans" (Acts 8:25). "But Philip 
was found at Azotus: and passing 
through he evangelized all the cities 
till he came to Caesarea" (Acts 8: 
40). "And a vision appeared to Paul 
in the night. . . And after he had 
seen the vision, immediately we en- 
deavored to go into Macedonia, as- 
suredly gathering that the Lord had 
called us to evangelize them" (Acts 

The story of the life of the apostle 
Paul, perhaps the greatest evangelist 
of all time, is a story of evangelism. 
Paul lived to evangelize. Hear his 
words. "So as much as in me is, I am 
ready to evangelize you that are at 
Rome also" (Rom. 1:15). "For Christ 
sent me not to baptize, but to evan- 
gelize" (I Cor. 1:17). "For though I 
evangelize . . . woe is me if I should 
not evangelize' (I Cor. 9:16). 

Soul-winning was that life work for 
which Paul lived and died. To use 
his own words, he five times received 
39 stripes, three times was beaten 
with rods, was stoned, three times 
suffered shipwreck, was in perils by 
robbers, by his own countrymen, by 
the heathen, and so the list of suf- 
fering goes on. Why? He was com- 
pelled by the driving force to evan- 
gelize. Not only was Paul himself 
an evangelist, but he in turn taught 
those whom he had evangelized that 
evangelism was to be their greatest 


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work. The church at Thessalonica is 
a shining example of this. Paul had 
entered this city on his second mis- 
sionary journey. Although he spent 
only about one month there, he not 
only had won enough people to 
Christ to form a small church but 
had so lit the torch of evangelism 
in their hearts that it set aflame all 
Macedonia, Achaia, and the sur- 
rounding area, for he later wrote, 
"For from vou sounded out the word 

of the Lord not only in Macedonia 
and Achaia, but also in every place 
your faith to God-ward is spread 
abroad" (I Thess. 1:8). As Paul 
neared the end of his life his great 
purpose of evangelism had not 
changed or diminished, for in his 
last epistle he wrote to Timothy, his 
own son in the faith to whom he was 
passing the heritage of a godly ex- 
ample in the ministry, and said, "Do 
the work of an evangelist" (II Tim. 

4:5). It is as if he were saying, "Tim- 
othy, I know I am about ready to die. 
My life has been lived. As I look 
back over it to see what has been 
worth while, there is one task to 
VA'hich we are called that excels all 
others— evangelize!" The New Testa 
ment clearly shows that the supreme 
task to which every Christian is call- 
ed, the job for which Christ has left 
each of us here on this earth is that 
of soul-winning— evangelism. 


This leads me to the relationship 
between evangelism and theology, or, 
as it is viewed by some, evangelism 
versus theology. If the heart of the 
message of the New Testament is 
evangelism, then what are you stu- 
dents doing here in school? Why are 
you spending years of your life in 
study when souls are perishing every 
hour? Why did you alumni spend 
from four to ten years in a formal 
study of theology? I have known of 
a number of young people in college 
who so strongly felt the need to "get 
out into the field" that they gave up 
their formal training and entered di- 
rectly into the ministry. I might also 
add that nearly all of these later 
realized the folly of their way and 
many returned to complete their 

It has often been argued that a 
formal studv of theology is not neces- 
sary for the work of evangelism. After 
all, were not some of the disciples 
described as "unlearned and ignorant 
men" (Acts 4:10)? In fact, theology 
has been seen by some as the foe of 
evangelism. For much of what I am 
•now going to say I am indebted to 
Rev. Henry Cook in his little book. 
The Theology of Evangelism, for in 
this book he has expressed my feel- 
ing. "Is there not indeed something 
of an anti-climax in dragging theol- 
ogy into the discussion of evange- 
lism?" This is sure to deaden and 
drv up the soul that is on fire with 
the zeal of soul-winning. All of us 
know of students who have entered 
theological schools with a passion to 
win souls who have come out of those 

schools educated but dead. This is 
true not only of those who have at- 
tended schools that are liberal in 
theology where the faith of the stu- 
dent has been undermined, but it is 
also true of students who have at- 
tended schools that are theologically 
fundamental. Students have emerged 
theologically orthodox but having lost 
the fire of evangelism and no longer 
feel the Pauline urgency, "Woe is 
unto me if I preach not the gospel" 
(I Cor. 9:16). I, myself, was warned 
of such a deadening effect should I 
attend a theological seminary, and I 
might add that my constant fear dur- 
ing mv seminary training was that 
this might somehow happen to me in 
such a subtle way that I would not 
recognize it. 

What of this criticism? Is evan- 
gelism opposed to theology? Should 
one whose heart burns with evan- 
gelistic zeal avoid a formal study of 

Let us first of all admit that there 
is an element of truth in this criti- 
cism. There are students who have 
entered the halls of Grace Seminary 
—and I use this school as an illus- 
tration only because it is here I am 
speaking and because I am more 
familiar with this school than any 
other— who have become side-tracked 
in their goal of reaching the lost for 
Christ. Some have come here feel- 
ing called of God to the field of full- 
time evangelism, the pastorate, or the 
mission field and have turned aside 
to other professions, some of which, 
to use a common expression, are not 
even "full-time Christian service." 

Let me ask you, why is this? Is it 
because a study of theology kills the 
spirit of evangelism? Let me answei 
by using one of D. L. Moody's com- 
mon expressions— "No, no, a thou- 
sand times no!" It is because the fire 
of evangelism is kept burning not 
only by a study of the Word of God, 
but by a personal, moment-by-mo- 
ment relationship to Jesus Christ 
and by a constant lifting up of our 
eves to behold the fields that are 
white unto harvest— not by the ac- 
quiring of theological facts. This can 
happen in the pastorate. Even 
though he constantly studies the 
Word of God, a pastor can grow cold 
and his work become merely profes- 
sional. It happens in fundamental 
churches. How many Christians have 
backslidden although attending every 
service of the church. Their hearts 
no longer burn with a zeal for the 
lost and the name of Jesus is not so 
sv\'eet as it once was. 

How can this situation be avoided? 
What is the remedy when it hap- 
pens? Do you suggest to one of your 
church members who is backslidden 
that he stop coming to church? 
Should a pastor whose heart has be- 
come cold and whose work has be- 
come methodical and mere profes- 
sionalism drop out of the ministry? 
Now you're giving me Moody's an- 
swer, "No, a thousand times no!" 
Then why should it be thought that 
the way to avoid losing your evan- 
gelistic zeal is to avoid a study of 
theology? The truth of the matter, 
the truth which you and I may not 
want to face, is the fact that when 

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this happens, you have lost vour 
vital touch with Jesus Christ. You 
have left that personal fellowship 
with Him and personal commitment 
to Him which fills your heart with 
the flame of evangelism, and there- 
fore you have lost your vision for 
the white harvest fields. When this is 
true, the layman begins to criticize 
his church and its pastor; the pastor 
becomes critical of his people, un- 
happy in his church and begins to 
look for greener pastures; the stu- 
dent begins to gripe about the school, 
its curriculum and its teachers; and a 
professor loses sight of his commis- 
sion to train men for God and begins 
to criticize his fellow professors and 
the students. 

In the Psalms we sometimes see 
the word "Selah," which means 
"pause for meditation, contempla- 
tion." I would like to add a "Selah" 
right here. Am I describing some 
life here today? Have you— pastor, 
professor, student. Christian layman, 
become so involved with the study of 
theology, the work of the church, the 
doing of "things" for God that you 
have lost your vital touch with Him? 
May God speak to )'our heart if it be 

If this is true, there is only one 
remedy that I know. It is two-fold. 
First of all you need to sing the old 
Negro spiritual, "It's mi, it's me, O 
Lord, standin' in the need of prayer." 
Repentance, confession, a new sur- 
render to Christ and, if need be, a 
tarrying before God in prayer that 
your heart may be drawn to the Lord 
and the fires of love for Christ and 
evangelism be rekindled in your soul 
is the first step in coming back to 
a life filled with evangelistic fervor. 
If vour heart has grown cold today, 
if you have been tempted to turn 
aside from God's call in your life, it 
is not because you have been over- 
exposed to the theology of the Word 
of God, but because your heart is 
not right with God! Repent, lay your 
heart open before God, wait before 
Him— this is part of the remedy. 

The second part of the remedy is 
this. God spoke to some people ex- 
actly in this condition in the Word 
of God. It is found in Revelation 2: 
1-7. Here was a church that was 
backslidden in the midst of theo- 

logical orthodoxy. Here is His remedy 
—verse 5, "Remember therefore from 
whence thou art fallen, and repent, 
and do the first works." Part of that 
remedy I have already mentioned— 
repent. But that is not all. "Do the 
first works." What are the "first 
works" in the life of a child of God? 
One of the first evidences that a 
repentant sinner is born again is that 
he nearlv always is immediately con- 
cerned about someone else— some lost 
relative or friend. This is the "first 
works" of a Christian. 

Now, if you want that old evan- 
gelistic zeal that you once knew, that 
passion for the lost restored, the goal 
of God's call in your life kept clearly 
before you, you need not only to 
repent but to do "the first works"— 
evangelize, witness, seek to win 
souls! Pastor, you should not only 
teach your people how to v\'in souls, 
but shoiv them. If there is a layman 
in your congregation who is a better 


soul-winner than you are you need 
to sit at his feet and learn how he 
does it and learn why God uses him 
more than you. You are called first 
not to be a student, a professor or a 
pastor but an evangelizer— a winner 
of souls! There should never be a 
week that goes by without every stu- 
dent and professor in this school wit- 
nessing personally to at least one lost 
soul about the salvation that is in 
Christ Jesus. You'll not only be obey- 
ing God, but you'll be a much better 
student and teacher for it. I have also 
wished that every student should be 
required to do practical Christian 
work, whether in the college or the 
seminary. I praise the Lord for the 
reports I hear from time to time of 
the voluntary work being done by the 
students and faculty. However, we 
require the study of Greek, Hebrew, 
and so forth; why leave out soul-win- 
ning? As we have seen, the Bible 

says this is the primary work of a 
Christian! Why should it be rele- 
gated to a place of convenience— if 
time allows? I know the objection. 
Soul-winning should be done by 
every student. He should not be 
forced. That's true. But let's be prac- 
tical—so should collateral reading. 
With the pressure of studies and 
probably a part-time job to make 
ends meet, it is so easy for that 
which God's Word puts first to be 
crowded out, even when the student 
fully intends to be a witness for 
Christ. And the first thing we know, 
dead orthodoxy has set in, the fires 
of evangelism are dying, the vision of 
God's call in the student's life has 
become cloudy, and he is easily 
turned aside. 

May I add that I said this is what 
I would desire. I am not trying to 
dictate policy to the school, but I 
feel that in such a series of lectures 
on evangelism ;^s these, voicing that 
desire is not out of place. I also want 
to add that I believe I am standing 
today in the very school that has 
greatest potential for evangelism in 
the world. I do not make that state- 
ment carelessly. I have tried to show 
today that evangelism and theology 
go hand in hand. True evangelism is 
theology poured into a heart and life 
that is on fire and burdened to win 
the lost to Christ. I know of no 
school that offers a finer study of 
theology, a theology based squarely 
upon the Bible as God's inerrant reve- 
lation to men, than does Grace Theo- 
logical Seminary and Grace College. 
For this, I deeply thank the Lord and 
I support these schools whole-hearted- 
ly. Therefore, I can say again that 
I believe these schools have the great- 
est potential for evangelism in the 

I want to conclude this first lecture 
by emphasizing again that there is 
no antithesis between evangelism and 
theology. As C. E. Autrey has said, 
"Evangelism and theology are com- 
plementary to each other and utterly 
dependent upon each other. The 
heart of the Gospel of the New 
Testament is theological. Theology 
and evangelism are, therefore, rele- 
vant. Some theologians look with 
suspicion upon evangelism, and many 
evangelists would avoid theology. The 


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theologian may consider evangelism 
as shallow and over-emotional. Some 
evangelism has been shallow and 
given to disgraceful excesses, but 
that is not the fault of true evange- 
lism. Some theologians are cold, im- 
practical and dull, but that cannot 
be charged to theology." As Henry 
Cook puts it, "We must not blame 
theology for the defects of its prac- 
titioners." There can be no effective 
and permanent evangelism without 
theology, and there would soon be 
few persons ready to study theology 
without evangelism. 

Jonathan Edwards was the greatest 
Christian scholar in America in the 
first half of the 18th century— an out- 
standing theologian. Yet he was one 
of the greatest evangelists of the 
Great Awakening of the 18th cen- 
tury. Charles G. Finney taught syste- 
matic theology in Oberlin College for 
over forty years. It is doubtful if the 
ministry of any evangelist in the his- 
tory of America has been so effective 
or so permanent. The list could go 
on but it is not necessary. These 
clearly show that evangelism is the- 
ology on fire. The one is absolutely 
essential to the other. 

But let us guard against that study 
as an end in itself. I am reminded 
of a storv told of Jerome, who did so 
much for the church of God by his 
translation of the Scriptures. Gram- 
marian, Latinist, Hebraist, philos- 
opher, like all true students he loved 
his books and often burned the mid- 
night oil. In his sleep one night, he 
tells us, he saw himself standing be- 
fore the Judgment Seat. "Who art 
thou?" said the Lord on His throne. 
"Jerome, a Christian," he replied. 
" Tis false," said the stern voice from 
the throne. "Thou art no Christian, 
but a Ciceronian; for where your 
treasure is, there will your heart be 
also." And Jerome woke with a start 
to pray that God would forgive him 
for becoming so deeply in love with 
his books that he forgot the men and 
women for whom Christ died. 

May it not be so with you and 
me. May our hearts give us no rest 
if we are not winning souls, and may 
the flame of evangelism be kindled 
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Foreign Missions and WMC Issue 
March 6, 1965 

Brethren Foreign Missions 

oard Decisions m 
Midyear Meeting 

The board of trustees of The Foreign Missionary So- 
ciety of the Brethren Church met at Winona Lake, In- 
diana, February' 8 to 11, 1965. All members of the board 
were present except Dr. Charles Maves, who was in a 
missionary conference in Modesto, California. The con- 
sensus of opinion is that it was a very profitable board 
meeting, one of the very best. Some items of general 
interest are as follows: 

The Financial Report— After the presentation of the 
report showing a total gift income of $483,211.13 during 
1964, an increase of $57,375.17 over 1963, the board 
broke forth in singing "Praise God from Whom All 
Blessings Flow." Operational expenditures during 1964 
were $341,001.15. The budget for the same in 1965 is 
$392,990.47. An increase of $51,989.32 will be needed 
for the basic needs. 

Candidates—Several were interviewed, and the pre- 
liminary applications of others were presented with in- 
terviews to come at the annual meeting in Long Beach, 
California, in August. The sad part is that no new mis- 


For these African children 
the present is full of oppor- 
tunity because of the coming 
of the Gospel. As for the fu- 
ture, many ideologies are 
competing for control of 
their minds. (Photo by C. K. 


Richard E. Grant. Executive Editor 
SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake. Ind. Issued biweekly 
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Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price: $3.50 a year, foreign, $4.50. 
Special rates to churches. 

sionaries were ready for appointment. The need con- 
tinues greater than ever. 

A Minute of Prayer— The field council in the Central 
African Republic sees this emergency as being so urgent 
that they are asking every Brethren family to pause for 
one -minute of -prayer in connection with a family meal 
each day. Please pray! 

Tii'o Yaiing Men for France— Two young men, Dan 
Hammers and Larry DeArmey, have volunteered to go 
to France for 15 months to help out in the emergency in 
that land. This will be during the furlough of the Fred 
Fogle family. These young men purpose to take this time 
out of their seminary training program, and to finish 
seminary after their return. They will need about 
$3,000 ($1,500 each) to care for their needs for the 15 
months. This includes round-trip transportation. Should 
any reader care to help, gifts should be sent to our society 
to their credit. Income tax deduction can be given in this 
way. They hope to sail on June 3. 

Puerto Rico on Regular Support— Our Puerto Rico 
field began with the missionaries' being on a self-sup- 
port basis. Much has been accomplished, but the mission- 
aries do not have sufficient time for the missionary ac- 
tivities when so much time is required in earning a live- 
lihood. Hence, the two families are being placed on regu 
lar missionary support. The James Dickson family has its 
total support underwritten. The Maxwell Brenneman 
family has a considerable part underwritten. Anyone 
interested in assisting with remaining total support needs 
should contact the missionaries, please, or the foreign mis- 
sion office. 

Hawaii Property— The board of trustees has determined 
to move ahead in the purchase of property and the erec- 
tion of church buildings in our two locations in Hawaii. 
Funds supplied to these congregations by our society will 

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be in the form of loans. We will need an abundance of 
help! The first property will probably need to be pur- 
chased within the next 60 days. Please help us to supply 
these large amounts of money; but, whatever you do, 
make your special gifts over and above your regular for- 
eign mission giving. We dare not hinder any other part 
of our work to help in Hawaii. It is not purposed to use 
general fund money in the purchases and building in 

Dr. and Mrs. Orville Johson on Sfecial Assignment— 
The field council in Africa has invited Dr. and Mrs. Job- 
son to spend 15 months in Africa, teaching in the Bible 
Institute and in the School of Theology, assisting during 
the furloughs of other teachers. The board has approved 
this as a special assignment. The Jobsons will need to be 
in Africa by approximately July 1. Please pray for them 
as they plan and then as they go. 

Additional Missionary Children's Teacher— The field 
council in Africa has asked that we make known the 
need for an additional teacher for the missionary chil- 
dren. Miss Ruth Kent will continue but some help is 
needed. The exact time when this assistance will be 
required is not yet known, but we will be glad to have 
interested people contact us. 

Purchase for Further Expansion in Mexico— For fu- 
ture possibilities of a Brethren Bible institute and many 
other areas of expansion, land has been purchased in re- 
lation to the Mexico work. Approximately $5,700 is yet 
needed, or an amount of about $140 per month. If any- 
one is interested in helping, please contact the foreign 
mission office. 

Reports— Reports from the various fields are very en- 
couraging. More than the average number have accepted 
Christ, been baptized, and received into national Breth- 

ren churches. National churches are becoming quite 
missionary-minded and are setting aside some of their 
own numbers to do missionary work themselves. Re- 
cently, following the inauguration of a missionary pro- 
gram in Africa, eight national couples were set aside for 
missionary work. There is also commendable progress 
in national Brethren church organization and effective- 
ness in the fields. 

Projects— Rather large lists of projects were presented 
by the different field councils and approved by the board 
of trustees. These will be presented in various ways in 
the very near future. If any one is interested in a special 
project, please write the FMS office. 

New Autos- Seven to ten new automobiles are need- 
ed on the fields and approval was given for purchase 
during the year. The total cost will be $25,000 to $35,000. 
Should any church or individual desire to help in pur- 
chasing one of these, information will be supplied gladly. 

Presses Are Rolling— In spite of a great deal of mis- 
sionary illness, especially at the Bozoum station in Africa 
where the printing is done, we are assured that the new 
presses and equipment— which just arrived about January 
1— are in operation and doing excellent work. Pray- 
not only for the printing but also for the wnriting of 
literature and for its rapid distribution. 

Compact Bookstores- Through various missionary 
speakers you may have heard of the plan to build and 
equip small book outlets in the various parts of the 
Africa field. Each unit costs about $300— $125 for the 
building and $175 for the stock of literature. The field 
council in its recent meeting asked for 66 of these. As 
nearly as we can tell, funds have been supplied for at 
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March 6, 7965 

Brethren Foreign Missions 

The well-known quotation, "The 
pen is mightier than the sword," has 
particular significance in the Sixty- 
Fifth Year of Brethren Foreign Mis- 
sions. Those rulers of nations in the 
past who have felt they could achieve 
their goal by means of the sword 
have found that people conquered 
in that way are not loyal followers. It 
is far better to reason with men 
through the communication of ideas, 
particularly through the printed page. 
But for so long so many have not 
known how to read, and thus have 
not been able to profit by all that has 
been written, nor have they been 
fully subject to reasoning with God. 

This year of 1965 can be one of 
destiny for Brethren Foreign Mis- 
sions. It is in this year that we 
need to make our greatest move in 
literature evangelism. Great plans 
have been made for the literature pro- 
gram for our seven fields. Africa has 
a new printer. A friend has contribut- 
ed heavily to make possible an expan- 
sion of the printing plant as well as 
installation of newer and better 
equipment. Argentina has moved out 
with two well-equipped bookstores, 
has begun to operate a "suitcase" 
colportage literature program, and 
plans a literature evangelism program 
for this very month of March. Brazil 
has a bookstore, a literature program 
in progress, and plans for the future. 

France has done much in door-to- 
door literature distribution, had a 
literature evangelism campaign in 
1964, and hopes to have access even 
to a small printing press at the Chat- 
eau in the near future. Printing 
equipment has been set up in our 
Mexico field, and great things are 
in prospect for a literature program 
for that field. Hawaii and Puerto 
Rico will continue to give out the 
Gospel in printed form and v\dll ex- 
pand their ministry as they are able. 
The missionaries and national work- 
ers on these fields need our prayer 
support, our encouragement, and our 
financial support for this tremendous 

This month of March has been 
designated "Literature Month" in 
Brethren Foreign Missions. This is 
the month when attention will be 
focused on our literature program as 
never before. This is the month when 
we are hoping to step forward with 
full support by all of us for this great 
movement. We are challenging every 
person who possibly can to make a 
contribution to our Worldwide Liter- 
ature Fund. A minimum of $50,000 
is needed. This might be our last 
opportunity to establish these out- 
lets to supply good gospel literature 
to the millions of people who now 
know how to read. Wouldn't it be 
better to sacrifice and do it, rather 
than to say later, "I wish I had"?T 

vvedding iBells 

A lovely Valentine's Day wedding took place at 3 p.m. on 
Sunday, February 14, 1965, in the Grace Brethren Church, Lake 
Odessa, Michigan, when Miss Norma Jean Hulliberger and Mr. 
Robert Henry Lathrop were united in marriage. The ceremony 
was performed by Dr. Russell D. Barnard. 

The bride was a faithful, valued employee in the office of the 
Foreign Missionary Society at Winona Lake for nearly six years 
until the termination of her service at the end of January, 1965. 
She served as assistant office secretary and among other duties 
had much to do with the Missionary Helpers and Missionary 
Teens Clubs. She is missed very much, but God's richest blessing 
and direction is prayed for Norma and Bob in their life together. 

Mr. and Mrs. Lathrop will reside in Carlsbad, New Mexico. 

Mrs. LatliTOp 

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Pastor Miller and his faithful helper, Rudy Sixto. 

The Brethren 

at Huinca Renanco set 

out to reach their 

own townspeople . . . 

Those who distributed invitations: Elba Cilano, Hugo Abeldano, Regina de Rolando, 
Leopoldo Cilano, Maria del Carmen Rolando, Maria Elena Cilano, Nelida Nunez, and 
Eunice Miller. 


"What's that say there on the 
cross?" the Httle girl asked her mother 
as they passed the church one eve- 
ning during our week of special meet- 

"It says, 'God is love' (Dios es 
amor)," answered the mother. 

"But, Mommy, what does that 

It was to explain the meaning of 
the love of God that our believers 
wanted to hold another series of evan- 
gelistic meetings. Last March four of 
our institute boys came for a week 
of meetings and the Lord blessed so 
richly that we were anxious to pre- 
pare for "another week of meetings in 
September. We voted, in our busi- 
ness meeting, to buy as many Gos- 
pels of John as we could afford to 
buy so that we could put one in 
every home in Huinca Renanco. 
Rudy Sixto, the young man who 
has been such a help in the work, 
was going to Buenos Aires and was 
to price the Gospels of John. When 
Rudy chugged into Huinca he had 
his Ford A piled to the ceiling with 
three thousand Gospels, a gift from 
the Bible Society, obtained through 
a pastor friend who has connections 
with the society. We held a special 

By Mrs. Clark Miller 

meeting of praise thanking the Lord 
for them. 

But the work was yet before us. 
Nelida Nunez, another faithful 
helper here, made a plan of the 
whole town so that not a house 
would be missed. After their Mon- 
day night prayer meetings our en- 
thusiastic young people stamped the 
Gospels with the church stamp while 
they drank mate and ate cookies. 

By going out an hour or two in 
the afternoons, we were able to give 
a Gospel of John and a card of in- 
vitation to each family. Upon re- 
turning home one afternoon, Maria 
Elena Cilano remembered that she 
had skipped three houses in one 
block. The next day she walked 
manv blocks out of her way to take 
the Word to these houses. We were 
able to distribute more than sixteen 
hundred Gospels and invitations. For 
lack of time we were forced to skip 
a small section in Barrio Norte that 
is farther away from the church. 
But in all the visitation very few 
refused to accept the Gospel of John. 

Of course, the people do not flock 
to the meetings, but each night we 
had a good attendance to hear the 
Word faithfully and clearly presented 
by the Lord's servant, Sr. Elias 

Osiris Elia. The last night extra 
benches were used to accommodate 
those who attended. There were at 
least ten public decisions. One 17- 
vear-old boy who made a decision 
in March brought his parents, who 
previously had given him a bit of 
opposition in the home, and they 
accepted the Lord— the father first 
and, two nights later, the mother. 

Now we are faced with the task 
of teaching and grounding them in 
their faith. We have made new con- 
tacts and many have shown an in- 
terest in the Gospel. 

But of course Satan has been 
busy, too. Some people wanted to 
come to the meetings and asked per- 
mission of the priest. He told them 
they could come but that upon enter- 
ing our church there is a Virgin back 
of the door and they would have to 
spit in her face. We were also the 
theme of his sermons for several 
weeks. For years they have used the 
same shabby lies but the people are 
still willing to believe them. 

The campaign is now history, but 
the blessings received are still stir- 
ring us to continue testifying of the 
love of God to these who are still 
asking: "But what does it mean, 
'God is love'?" ▼ 

March 6, 7965 

The new building in Bangui, which is proving such a boon to the work. 

A Diary of News Events From the Africa Field 

By Rev. Roy Snyder 

Decemher 30, 1964-]aniiary 11, 
J 965— Annual field conference was 
held. The theme of the conference 
was "Practical Holiness." There were 
many blessings received in the con- 
ference as messages were given on 
the different aspects of practical holi- 
ness. Much time was given over to 
prayer asking the Lord to give wis- 
dom in planning His work for 1965. 
Many of the decisions made at this 
time in the business sessions were 
made in the light of recent events 
which have taken place in the Congo. 

January 15-20— Youth leaders for- 
mation classes were held at Crampel 
in the Mid-Missions area. Don 
Hocking was in charge of these 
classes and reports a great interest in 
the work there, since 1 1 men were 
there who had already been approved 
as leaders by their local churches and 
have also passed their formation 
classes successfully. Attending the 
classes were 15 other men who were 
sent by their churches to become 
chiefs. During these classes, Joe 
Coughlin of Christian Service Bri- 
gade arrived in the Central African 
Republic from the Chad. Dr. Taber 
took him from Boguila to Crampel. 

January 17-Fehruary 6— Mrs. Min- 

nie Kennedy went to the Baibokoum 
area where she spent the period of 
time with the folks there and also did 
some translation work. Since field 
council, it has been learned that the 
deputy from that area has returned 
from the capital of the Chad and 
has asked the Brethren churches 
there to accept the missionaries who 
have another doctrine since the 
Brethren do not have any mission- 
aries to send there. The deputy said 
that these other missionaries would 
provide a school and a hospital build- 
ing for them. However, the Brethren 
churches in that area did not accept 
the proposal. 

January 18-22— An inter-mission 
Sunday-school meeting was held at 
the Batangafo station, where Wil- 
liamses are located. During this pe- 
riod, Sunday-school lessons for 1966, 
which have been translated, were 
corrected. Plans were made concern- 
ing future Sunday-school work. 

January 21-23— The Interdenomi- 
national Committee for Youth Work 
met in Bangui. This meeting was 
also attended by Joe Coughlin, and 
many aspects of the work were dis- 
cussed. Besides the Central African 
Republic, the Chad, Ivory Coast, 
Cameroun, and the Congo were rep- 
resented at these meetings. 

January 25-29— African church 
leaders and \'outh workers from all 
parts of the Central African Republic 
met in Bangui for a seminar on the 
bovs work. The Flambeaux move- 
ment is an adaptation of the Chris- 
tian Service Brigade program. Again 
we were happy for the presence of 
Joe Coughlin, who came to us from 
Europe, Israel, Kenya, Southern 
Rhodesia, and then the Chad. 

February J -6— The literature dis- 
tribution conference for central 
Africa was also held in Bangui. An 
ELO representative from Nigeria 
was in charge of this important con- 
ference and we felt it made a very 
important contribution to our liter- 
ature work. Representatives from 
surrounding countries were present 
for this conference, African and mis- 

During the last three conferences 
in Bangui, the new building has been 
taxed to capacity. 

January 23— Miss Lois Miller ar- 
rived from the USA after having a 
three-month emergency furlough. 

January 27— Miss Ruth Snyder 
left Bangui for an emergency medical 
furlough in the USA. 

January 28— Miss Margaret Hull, 
new missionary nurse, arrived in 
Bangui from the USA. T 

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Rev. and Mrs. Foster Tresise and their nine-year-old daugh- 
ter, Leilani Lou, hve in Wahiawa, Oahu, Hawaii, where Rev. 
Tresise is pastor of the Waipio Grace Brethren Church. They 
have an active Sunday school and church and youth programs. 
The meetings are all held in the Tresise home, but they are 
looking forward to having their own church building soon. 

The Tresises will be on the mainland on furlough this sum- 
mer. So perhaps many of you MH'ers will get to see them 
in person. Pray for Rev. and Mrs. Tresise and Leilani Lou that 
the Lord will bless this gospel testimony in Hawaii. 

Church, Keen and Budd Ave- 
nues, Ashland, Ohio. In the 
picture at the right are Mike 
and Terri Rakestraw. The 
others are, in the front row 
(left to right): Eric Tucker, 
Beth Knox, Kim Dickinson, 
pictures were on the Chil- Karen Watson, and Kim 
dren's Page last month! So, Glenn. Back row: Cindy Wat- 
that we forgot to put in the here they are again — the son, Darla Plice, Lori Prentice, 
names of the MH'ers whose MHC of the Grace Brethren and Pam Dickinson. 














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These churches gave this much more for Brethren Foreign Missions in 1964 than in 1963 

Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) $19, 

Seal Beach, Calif 4^ 

Norwalk, Calif 4 

Wooster, Ohio 3, 

Long Beach, Calif. (North) 3, 

Martinsburg, Pa 3. 

Modesto, Calif. (La Loma) 3, 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) 2, 

Uniontown, Pa 2, 

Waterloo, Iowa 2, 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 2, 

Harrisburg, Pa I. 

Dayton, Ohio (Patterson Park) 1, 

Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 1 

Whittier, Calif. (First) \, 

Waynesboro, Pa. 1 

Westminster, Calif. 1 

. Washington, D. C. (First) 1 

Dayton, Ohio (First) 1 

Winona Lake, Ind. 1 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Grace) 1 

Osceola, Ind. 1 

Portis, Kans 1 

Los Angeles, Calif. (Community) . 1 

San Bernardino, Calif. 1 

Middlebranch, Ohio 1 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 1 

Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 1 

Akron, Ohio (First) 

Hollidaysburg, Pa. (Vicksburg) 
Conemaugh, Pa. (Singer Hill) 
Wheaton, 111. 

Washington, Pa. 

Compton, Calif. 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 

Englevvood, Ohio 

Hollins, Va 

Long Beach, Calif. (Los Altos) 
Johnstown, Pa. (Geistown) 
North English, Iowa (Calvary) 

Sterling, Ohio 

Clayton, Ohio 

Elyria, Ohio 

Winchester, Va. 

Ankenytown, Ohio 

Berne, Ind 

Cuba, N. Mex 

Cleveland, Ohio 

Mansfield, Ohio (Woodville) 

Findlay, Ohio 

Tracy, Calif. 

Denver, Colo 









































































































Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 409.97 

Kettering, Ohio 409.76 

South Bend, Ind 403.61 

Leesburg, Ind 400.57 

Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 381.34 

Pompano Beach, Fla 363.65 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) 363.05 

Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 355.91 

Hopewell, Pa 354.38 

Simi, Calif 349.26 

Washington, D. C. (Grace) 348.46 

Sidney, Ind 316.39 

Hagerstovni, Md. (Calvary) 308.50 

Fremont, Ohio (Grace) 296.19 

Temple City, Calif 288.46 

Peru, Ind 273.11 

Fillmore, Calif 270.52 

Leon, Iowa 265.10 

Albany, Oreg 262.95 

Conemaugh, Pa 256.31 

Everett, Pa 251.78 

York, Pa 236.82 

Margate, Fla 233.37 

Covington, Va. 217.77 

La Habra, Calif 215.48 

Canton, Ohio 213.18 

Hatboro, Pa 209.49 

Roanoke, Va. (Clearbrook) 193.91 

Montclair, Calif 190.37 

Cheyenne, Wyo 184.10 

Arvada, Colo 181.01 

Davenport, Iowa 177.80 

Brookville, Ohio 172.16 

Altoona, Pa. (Grace) 171.75 

Winona, Minn 167.29 

Troy, Ohio 159.53 

South Pasadena, Calif 158.17 

Dayton, Ohio (Basore Road) 158.00 

Garwin, Iowa 155.17 

Dallas Center, Iowa 151.63 

Inglewood, Calif. 151.06 

Martinsburg, W. Va 145.17 

Gardena, CaHf 141.41 

Jefferson Center, Pa 135.22 

Alexandria, Va 130.15 

Fort Myers, Fla 129.38 

Modesto, Calif. (Community) 122.06 

Dayton, Ohio (Huber Heights) 121.75 

Glendale, Calif 121.57 

Stoystown, Pa. (Reading) 117.60 

West Alexandria, Ohio 115.72 

Elkhart, Ind 103.41 

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105. Hagerstown, Md. (Gay Street) 102.68 

106. Kittanning, Pa. (North Buffalo) 101.75 

107. Roanoke, Va. (Wash. Heights) 90.00 

108. North English, Iowa (Pleasant Grove) 89.72 

109. Sacramento, Calif 82.28 

110. Roanoke, Va. (Garden City) 82.00 

111. Homerville, Ohio 78.73 

112. Vandalia, Ohio 70.85 

113. Grandview, Wash 57.92 

114. Berrien Springs, Mich 57.65 

115. Listie, Pa. 54.33 

1 16. Lancaster, Pa. 49.95 

117. Taos, N. Mex 49.76 

118. Trotwood, Ohio 47.73 

1 19. Altoona, Pa. (First) 47.60 

120. South Gate, Calif 43.83 

121. Parkersburg, W. Va 40.38 

122. Yakima, Wash 38.38 

123. Johnson Citv, Tenn 28.67 

124. Davton, Ohio (Grace) 18.70 

125. Hastings, Mich 15.75 

126. Meversdale, Pa. (Summit Mills) ,. 11.44 

127. Bell, Calif 6.39 

128. Sellersburg, Ind 6.23 

Sincere appreciation is hereby expressed to all Brethren churches for their 
fine support of Brethren Foreign Missions in 19641 





(A Sequel*) 

By Miss Lois Ringler 

*See "I Raced with Death," also 
by Miss Ringler, in the Brethren 
Missionary Herald for January 9, 

I raced with Death! 

This time the little mother was 
young and pretty too. She had given 
birth to a healthy four-pound girl at 
8:30 that morning, and we were con- 
gregated at the dispensary eagerly 
awaiting the entrance into the world 
of the twin. ("I hope it's a boy!" I 
whispered with a smile of encourage- 
ment to Rebecca, who had been a 
long time in the Valley.) But by 
noon we gave up hope for the little 
brother, and realized that without 
expert help and quick action, the 
first babe would be motherless. Me? 
I'm not a nurse, I'm just the chauf- 
feur! And Bozoum hospital is only 
five miles away. 

But life is cruel in Africa— the doc- 
tor had left that morning for Paoua, 
a long way. The nearest doctor was at 
Bouar, a military center 135 miles 
away on the shortest road (the worst 
road, too; hadn't I just prayed, "Lord, 
deliver me from ever having to 
wrestle this Peugeot on that road"?). 

After intravenous injections and 
other medications, Rebecca was lifted 
into the back of the pickup and made 
as comfortable as possible. Without 
stopping for a flashlight (we remem- 
bered this too late), we started the 
big guessing game: is it better to go 
fast and save time, or is it wiser to 
go slowly and save the bumps some- 
what? A matter of life or death— and 
I had to decide this every hundred 
yards or more. I v\'as the chauffeur. 

We moved, at best, slowly. My 
arms ached from the strain of the 
wheels bouncing. Just twenty miles 
from destination, in the pitch-black 

which comes after twilight, the en- 
gine died. The jiggling had been just 
too much for it, in spite of its reput- 
able history of perfect functioning. 
No use, I just wasn't a mechanic, 
especially in the dark without a flash- 
light! The party started out with its 
human cargo inside a blanket tied 
to a pole. And the villagers were still 
haggling for more money for their 

I stayed with the car and waited— 
and prayed: for these villagers, for the 
sparing of a life, for the motor— but 
mostly for mv ov\'n bitter heart which 
was rebelling. Rebelling because of 
those who were content to see men 
die without a chance. Rebelling 
against those v\'ho had Life and re- 
fused to give it. I asked for myself. 
I knew that, unless I guarded care- 
fully, I could become hardened, too. 
"O Lord, keep me broken up about 
these things!" Thousands struggle for 
spiritual birth, and Life is in my 
hands! Let me give while there is 
yet time! Are we too late? Too late? 

Several hours later, after long- 
sought-after help and a divinely- 
taught mechanics lesson, we caught 
up to the procession, and together we 
crippled into Bouar. The last two 
miles were in a military police wagon. 
It was near midnight; Rebecca was 
in good hands; and two dirty, streak- 
ed-faced missionaries could relax. 
The operation was a success; the 
mother would live, and would praise 
God— we hoped. 

I raced with Death— this time I 
won! ▼ 

March 6, 7965 

Women's Missionary Council 



, By Mrs. William H. Schaffer 
Kittanning, Pennsylvania 

At this point I cannot remember 
the time when I did not belong to 
the Lord. However, I was 12 years 
old when I, along with my sister 
Rhoda, made my decision public in 
a Brethren mission church located 
in Windber, Pennsylvania. Later 
when the doors of this mission were 
closed, my membership was placed 
in the First Brethren Church in 
Johnstown, located then on Somer- 
set Street. 

Pastors, evangelists, and mission- 
aries were entertained frequently in 
our home. They became part of our 
lives. I can remember very vividly 
the visit of our pioneer missionarv 
to Africa, James Gribble, in our 
home. Can a background like this 
have eternal values? 

At 16 years of age I was sent to 
Ashland College to become a school- 
teacher. The transition from living on 
a farm to that of becoming a college 
student was most difficult. Because 
of the foresight of my parents and 
by the grace of God I graduated from 
college four years later. In the mean- 
time I had taken time out to get in 
a vear's teaching experience. 

I felt the call of the Lord for defi- 
nite service during my second year 
at college. It was not a clear call, then, 
but a very definite and a very urgent 
one. There seemed to be no decision 
for me to make. It was a matter of 
obedience. Trained by my earthly 
father to be an obedient child, I 
found it not too difficult to try to 
obey my heavenly Father. 

In college I became interested in 
missions and was a member of a 
prayer group that prayed for mission- 

aries on the fields. Thinking that the 
Lord might be needing me on the 
foreign field, I interviewed visiting 
missionaries to help me in my deci- 
sion. No, mv call didn't seem to in- 
clude the foreign field. 

Since I was preparing to become 
a secondary schoolteacher, I sup- 
posed the Lord might be preparing 
me for teaching in our high school 
in Kentuckv. By experience I have 
learned, until a call is made clear, 
to keep in touch with the One who 
has His own perfect will for mv 

The question, "Will you be mv 
help-meet?" startled me one lovely 
spring evening. I inquired what my 
duties would be and learned that 
the one who asked this question was 
planning to enter the ministry. It 
seemed to me that through the 
spoken question came the definite call 
of the Lord. "Yes, I'll go with you 
wherever the Lord calls you," was 
mv acceptance speech. 

This call ended an enjoyable three- 
year teaching experience for me and 
took us to our first pastorate in Ham- 
lin, Kansas, where my husband 
worked for nearly three years. Her- 
bert Paul was born during this pas- 
torate. He, with his wife Elaine 
and four children, now live in Au- 
burn, Washington, where he enjoys 
teaching in the Auburn Junior High 

The second pastorate took us to the 
Conemaugh, Pennsylvania, Brethren 
church for nearly 12 years. It was 
here that Alyce Ann and William 
Lewis were born. Alyce, now Mrs. 
James Quigley, resides in Spokane, 

Washington, with her husband and 
two children. She has recently been 
working as a consultant for former 
mental patients of a nearby mental 
institution in addition to her regular 
duties as a public health nurse. Wil- 
liam Lewis has become part of the 
faculty at Grace College in the min- 
istry of music and is the father of 
our seventh grandchild. 

After Pearl Harbor the Lord called 
us to the Bethel Brethren Church, 
Berne, Indiana. Since teachers were 
scarce, I was drafted into teaching 
there for three short, full years. 

D-Day found us in Wyoming on 
our way to Spokane, Washington. 
This fourth call seemed to re-echo 
some similarities to the call given 
Abram when the Lord said, "Get 
thee out of thy countn,', and from 
thy kindred . . . unto a land that I 
will show thee." How true this was! 
We did not know a soul there, but 
He had gone before us. We soon be- 
came so involved in this field of serv- 
ice that the nine years passed rapid- 
ly. Here the Lord opened the door to 
teaching again, and I found myself 
daily preparing to teach either in 
the church or in the public schools. 

In a different manner the call to 
our present spot of serving Him was 
made clear. The Lord led one step 
at a time until we found ourselves 
leaving Spokane to occupy the par- 
sonage of the First Brethren Church 
in Kittanning, Pennsylvania. In each 
one of our moves, the home provided 
for us was better than the one be- 
fore. Now I find mvself looking for- 
ward to occupying my mansion in 

The Lord is very real to me. He 
has given me the desire now to go 
on to "better things." In the early 
years of my life and through my 
teens I lived close to the soil and 
I learned to appreciate seeing a 
planted seed growing to maturity 
and bearing fruit. Many, many times 
as a pastor's wife I have thrilled at 
the growth in the "born-from-above" 
ones. As national WMC program 
chairman, I find mv reward in watch- 
ing the Word at work in the lives of 
our women as they are allowing the 
Holy Spirit to lead them "On to 
Maturity" (Heb. 6:1). ▼ 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

Women's Missionary Council 

By Mrs. Lyie W. Marvin, Jr. 

Costa Mesa, California 

"Jacqui, I want you to get in there 
and practice without complaining. 
Someday you'll thank me for your 
music lessons and for making you 
practice." Sound vaguely familiar? 
How many times I heard these same 
words! How I resented them! Really, 
my juvenile heart determinedly prom- 
ised never to thank her and never 
to be so cruel as to make my own 
children practice . . . when there 
were children of mv own. . . . 

Now, looking back on this, I say 
to myself almost daily, "Yes, Mom, 
you were so right. Thank you from 
the bottom of my heart." My appre- 
ciation goes deeper than just personal 
enjoyment, though this is unlimited. 
For when things go wrong, and I 
become discouraged or disheartened, 
and yes, at times, humanly depressed 
a little, there you'll find me with 
my next best friend, my piano. How 
can things look black after vou've 
"played your heart out" and sung 
some of the wonderful hymns and 
choruses proclaiming Christ as the 
Healer of all heartaches and the 
Friend in times of trouble? 

How vvill I ever repay my Mom 
and my patient Daddy, who listened 
to all my "sour notes" and off-key 
singing while I was learning? If it 
were not for their real sacrifices, I 
wouldn't have met and married my 
wonderful husband (incidentally, the 
Sweetest Singer in the world). For 
when we took our marriage vows, it 
went without saying that we meant, 
"To love, honour, and accomfany till 
death do us part." Need more be 

Now as a happy and fulfilled 
mother and music teacher I am 
preaching to my children and all my 
students: "You will never be sorry." 
If the Communists come, if death is 
at your doorstep— no matter what 

happens, no one can take away the 
music from your heart, your lips, 
your soul! When it is my time to go, 
I pray the Lord will hear me sing- 
ing, "When we shall meet Him face 
to face." Let's rehearse now for our 
glorious heavenly choir. 

There will be people who will not 
let 3'ou utter a word about your bles- 
sed Saviour but who will sit and 
listen to you sing and play by the 
hour. What a testimony! Take it from 
me; it has happened time and time 
again to us. Often during my grocery 
shopping, someone will compliment 
me, and then do I realize that I have 
been humming a Christian chorus, 
or even softly humming under mv 
breath without knowing. Praise the 
Lord! They'll know I'm a happy 
Christian when they see me ... or 
should I say hear? 

And, really most important of all, 

we believe sincerely that all Chris- 
tians, young and old, owe it to the 
Lord to learn at least to read music. 
Our churches are crying for choir 
members, soloists, and piano players. 
How can you be an effective mission- 
ary if you can't read music, or even 
carry a tune? Mr. Simon Pierre Nam- 
bozouina, while visiting us recently, 
said sadly, "If only you'd come to 
Africa and teach us to play the piano, 
read music, and sing like that. Our 
hearts are crying out to express our- 
selves in music, honoring the Lord." 

Please, children and adults alike, 
all over America . . . practice. It's 
fun, it's rewarding, it's enriching. 
And someday, believe it or not, you'll 
thank me for possibly the best ad- 
vice you ever received. 

All right, Patti Jo, let's hear that 
song again. This time sit up straight 
and smile! T 


Daniel Keith Hocking 

B. P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui. Central African Republic 

Patrice Robbins 

B. p. 36, Bossangoa via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Camille Sue Cone 

B. p. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Rev. Gordon L. Austin 

I. Arias 3360, Castelar. F.C.D.F.S., Argentina. S. A. 

Rev. Robert J. Cover 

General de la Quintana 346, Rio Cuarto, F.N.B.M.. Prov. Cordoba, 

Benjamin Paul Fay . 

Corrientes 2, Almafuerte. F.C.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S. . 

Mrs. James B. Marshall 

Circunscripcion 4. Seccion 4, Manzana 9, Casa 6, Ciudad General 
S. A. 

Rev. James B. Marshall 

Circunscripcion 4. Seccion 4, Manzana 9, Casa 6, Ciudad General 
S. A. 

Rev. John W. Zielasko 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 

Nathan Allan Johnson 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 

Marilyn Joy Johnson 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 

Victor Fredrick Fogle 

May 21, 1958 
May 22, 1956 
May 26, 1955 

May 5 

May 19 

Argentina, S. A. 

May 22, 1961 
^.' May 25 

Belgrano, Argentina, 

May 28 

Belgrano, Argentina, 

, May 7 
May 14, 1959 
May 17, 1957 

. Mav 1, 1949 

5, square de la Source, Franconville (S & O), France 

Mrs. James P. Dowdy Mav 4 

5864 Teal Lane, El Paso, Texas 79924 

Lorita Marguerita Guerena May 9, 1958 

c/o Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 

Sharon Rachel Haag May 9, 1948 

425 Sunset Lane, San Ysidro, California 92073 

Miss Grace Byron May 7 

105 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Naomi Ruth Mason May 28, 1948 

c/o Mr. Richard Foote. 2926 Pittsburgh Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana 

March 6, 1965 


Women's Missionary Council 

_£Y typical day, you ask? Hmmmm 
... As I look back to analyze 
the past it seems that each new day 
holds a new adventure in my pilgrim- 
age here on this earth with no two 
days or weeks even remotely the 

Of course the role of the "house- 
hold executive" can become a bit 
humdrum at times, especially after 
the children are all in school; and 
yet as we do each small task if we 
keep in mind that we are doing it 
"as unto the Lord" and keep a song 
in our hearts, the work will seem 
much lighter. After all, is it not our 
heavenly Father who placed us in 
our particular situation? He gave us 
these responsibilities and He expects 
us to do our best for Him. Even the 
most humble house can become a 
welcome retreat with loving care. 
It is such a joy to welcome our loved 
ones at the end of a busy day. 

As I arise in the morning from a 
good night's sleep, what peace is 
mine knowing my sins have all been 
forgiven through the blood of my 
wonderful Saviour and I can ask for 
His guidance and strength! Next 
comes the preparation of a hearty 
breakfast so that those two busy teen- 
aged girls, an energetic ten-year-old 
boy, and an active salesman husband 
may have the physical strength to 
carry them through the day. But as 
a Christian mother I realize that they 
need more than physical strength. 
Spiritual strength is even more im- 
portant. While still around the table. 
Father leads us in our family altar 
using the Brethren booklet, "Daily 

After a fond farewell, breakfast 
dishes are cleared, the evening meal 
planned, and the day's activities be- 
gun. As I work, it has been a real joy 
for me to have a Christian FM radio 
station to help guide my thoughts 
heavenward. The music lifts my 
spirits and the messages give me 
food for thought. 

Lunch hour is a time of refresh- 
ment when I may spend time alone 
in God's Word. The afternoon may 
bring more of the many tasks or, 
several times a month, a treat at 
either WMC meeting. Christian 
Women's Club, or "Helping Hands," 

which is the work day at the church 
for mission and church projects. 
Sometimes there are district rallies to 
plan, letters to answer, or choir 
music to prepare, but these things are 
not work but merely an overflow of 
the energies in love for Him. Cer- 
tainly the benefits in blessings far 
outnumber the hours spent. 

Oh, yes, the homemaker has many 
responsibilities— first, to the Lord 
Jesus, but how can we number His 
blessings? Next, to our husbands— 

n Loubender 

President, Northern Ohio District 

to comfort and encourage them, phys- 
ically and spiritually, in their work 
and with a peaceful atmosphere 
when they return home. Here, too, 
the comfort and love they return is a 
blessing truly from God himself, who 
created man and woman for each 
other. When we neglect God and 
each other, Satan can come and plant 
the seed of dissatisfaction. The chil- 
dren entrusted to us are given for 
such a short time. They are a heavy 
responsibility and each day of mold- 
ing and guidance is important to 

their future. Perhaps you have de- 
sired a great place of service for God, 
such as the mission field, as I did. 
One day a dear pastor reminded me 
how many people are needed in the 
homeland to keep each missionary 
on the field and that since I did have 
somewhat of a physical disability, 
perhaps God's plan was to use one 
of our children in this way if the 
Lord Jesus tarried. 

God's plan for each of us is a mar- 
velous thing. As I came out of high 
school, so hopeful for a college edu- 
cation in 1941 but with no church 
college to attend, a little fearful of a 
large state institution and having 
very little resources, I chose as my 
life verses Proverbs 3:5 and 6. I 
wanted to understand where I was 
going and why. At that time ac- 
knowledgment was my guage spirit- 
ually. I knew Christ as my personal 
Saviour but did some very foolish 
things, for which I have asked His 
forgiveness. I had not truly sub- 
mitted to His will. I was trying to 
work out my own life— with His help. 
How immature! 

But then came a number of en- 
graving processes, a scratching away 
at the hard surface of self, little by 
little, adding of acid, and cutting 
away of the pattern. I cannot go into 
all the details, but the loneliness of a 
single girl in the war years, a year of 
business college, four years of work 
as payroll girl for a tile manufacturer, 
finally a year of Bible institute and 
then marriage to my high-school 
sweetheart, who found the Lord as 
his Saviour through attending Sun- 
day evening church with me, all 
brought new experiences which were 
but a part of the process. Many of 
my plans were shattered and things 
were different than I thought they 
should be, but all of these things 
just caused me to cling to my Saviour 
the more. 

Perhaps the thing that really cut 
me down was the sudden death of my 
father, whom I loved dearly. It was 
not an easy thing for any of the 
family to lose one who was such a 
joy to be with, but for me it also 
meant giving up some plans we had 
made. Many were the Sunday after- 
noons the two of us spent looking at 

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Brethren Missionary Herald 

Women's Missionary Council 



Praising God 
on the Border 

By Marcia Wardell 

Did you ever feel sorry for a mis- 
sionary, believing that person was 
sacrificing a great deal to serve the 
Lord? Listen to what Alys Haag, 
missionary to Mexico, has to say to 
WMC members: 

"If you ladies could just sit in this 
boat of a missionary's life for one 
week, more of your prayers would 
be praises, with the petitions just 
added on at the end." For nearly 14 
years the Haag family has resided 
near the Mexican border for the pur- 
pose of reaching Mexican people for 
Christ. God has blessed and pros- 
pered the work. "We continually 
praise His name as we have the privi- 
lege of seeing at close range what He 
is doing," says Alys. Surely many peo- 
ple—many ladies of the WMC— have 
backed this ministry in faithful pray- 
er, because God has so worked. 

Born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, 
Alys had the privilege of being born 
into and reared "in a family of firm 
and devoted people. We were neither 
very rich, nor very poor, and I learn- 
ed valuable lessons from all phases 
of life and varied contacts." After 
graduation from high school, she 
went on to the Harrisburg Polyclinic 
Nurses Training School and received 
her R.N. degree upon finishing her 
work there. 

A year later Alys decided to enter 
school for definite Christian train- 
ing. But in that church-related 
school she came face to face with 
what she recognized as modernism. 
The effect this had upon Alys was 
not to get her in its grasp, but to 
cause her suddenly to realize a fact 
which had been growing upon her 
for several years: that is, that she 
was a self-righteous individual and a 
pretending Christian. "To me this 
was the worst kind of sin and I knew 

beyond any doubt that I needed the 
Saviour. I knew all about Jesus and 
what He had done for me, but had 
never applied Him to my situation 
or invited Him into mv life. I yield- 
ed my life to Him, and I was a dif- 
ferent person, at last in tune with 
God." However, being "in tune with 
God" meant she was "out of tune" 
with both her residence and her 
occupation. But the solution was soon 
apparent. She relates: 

"Only two days later someone told 
me that a social work project in 
Puerto Rico was looking for nurses. 
I applied and was accepted and in 
one month was on my way to Puerto 

"God works in m\'sterious ways, 
because at this same time a young 
man from California was applying 
for the same project in Puerto Rico. 
He was accepted and soon was on 
his way. We met, in a year were 
married, and in another year came 
back to the States to meet the in-laws. 
I don't know why I was so nervous 
vi'hen it was time to meet them, be- 
cause I know God always works 
everything out just right— and He 
did, even to the in-laws." 

After returning to Puerto Rico 
for another short term, Walter and 
Alys Haag came to grips with the 
knowledge that they should be in 
more definite Christian service, and 
they decided to begin with further 
training. "We entered Grace Semi- 
nary at Winona Lake, Indiana, where 
we had two very good years and 
and learned much that has been a 
steadying influence in our lives and 
in our work. 

"Then things happened and we 
ended up here on the Mexican field. 
The field had been pioneered and 
approved. The missionary who was 

The Haag Family 

to open the work became ill. We 
wanted to be missionaries and on 
the field for the Brethren, and we 
knew the Spanish language. So the 
Lord said, 'Why don't you go?' and 
the board said, 'Will you go?' and 
we said, 'Yes.' " 

Walt and Alys were joined by the 
Roy Howard family and together 
these folks began the Brethren Mex- 
ico work in 1951. The Haags estab- 
lished their residence at San Ysidro, 
California, and have worked par- 
ticularly in the nearby border city of 
Tijuana, Mexico, although they have 
made many trips down into the 
Baja California peninsula and other 
parts of Mexico. 

"These have been years in which 
the Lord has steered us through all 
waters, from blessing unto blessing. 
He answers prayer so definitely that 
I have to check on myself before I 
ask! There are times when He makes 
us wait, but we can see why." 

The Haags' fine children are a 
real asset to their parents' work. 
Sharon and Douglas are now teen- 
agers, and Sandra is not far behind. 

Several years ago Walter and 
Alys made the decision that Alys 
would go to work as a nurse in a doc- 
tor's office so that they might be- 
come self-supporting missionaries 
with the purpose of being an example 
to the Mexican believers. She has 
continued in this occupation, and the 
result is that she is a very busy lady, 
of course. 

Mrs. Haag's admonition and chal- 
lenge to the WMC is to "Praise Him 
continually for what He has done, 
and get into the program just as 
deeply as you can to reap the joy and 
blessing that is in store for you"! 

March 6. 7965 


Women's Missionary Council 

Brazilian WMC Representatives 

These happy ladies are the representatives to the annual meeting of the 
WMC at the Brazilian national conference (January 1965). All were over- 
joyed with the reports of what had been accomplished for the Lord during 
the last vear. A special offering, collected each month during the year, was 
divided and given to the two Brethren students, Tereza de Paulo Oliviera 
and Carlos Alves, who are attending Bible school this vear. 

WMC News 

WMC. The So. California- Arizona 
WMC with an enthusiastic and de- 
voted president, Mrs. Vivian Altig, 
former missionary to Brazil, met at 
the Los Altos Brethren Church in 
Long Beach for the fall rally. 

It was very inspiring and chal- 
lenging to hear Penny Browning, 
who used to be national president 
of SMM, and our own SMM patron- 
esses and helpers as they presented 
their program in an interesting skit. 

The highlight was our speaker, 
Miss Mary Cripe, missionary from 
Africa, who expressed the need for 
Christ in the lives of those in Africa 
and how the missionaries go about 
to meet this need. 

Isobel Fraser from the Jewish mis- 
sion in Los Angeles took questions 
from the box. Mrs. Wayne Beaver 
and Miss Mary Cripe answered the 
questions pertaining to Africa, while 
Mrs. Dorothy Howard answered 
the ones concerning Mexico. You 
could feel the warmth and glow from 
hearts filled with the love of Christ 
as these missionaries spoke. 

Our project offering received was 
$808.14; $150 of this is to be used 
for a projector for the Jewish testi- 
mony in Los Angeles and $658.14 for 

furnishings for the new guest house 
in Bangui, Africa. 

With anticipation we are looking 
forward to the next rally in Feb- 
ruary. It will be family night at the 
First Brethren Church in Whittier. 
Our project goal for February was 
$1000: $500 for district missions 
($100 designated for Grand Terrace) 
and $500 for Ann Goodman. 

A newsletter called the "Write-Up" 
is in the making and will be mailed to 
all local WMC ladies to keep them 

We feel more ladies are reading 
their Bibles and spending time in 
prayer, and we praise His name. 

—Mrs. Leone L. Howe 

attendance of 133 at our winter rally 
showed that the Lord had answered 
prayer for fair weather and safe 
driving to Mansfield Grace Brethren 
Church for our Northern Ohio Dis- 
trict WMC Rally. Mrs. Kenneth 
Ashman presented challenging de- 
votions on "Our Secret Closet of 
Prayer." After pictures of our mis- 
sionaries were given to the ladies, as 
well as special prayer requests, the 
ladies were divided into groups rep- 
resenting the various mission fields, 
with special prayer being made for 
that particular field. Mrs. R. Paul 
Miller presented a lovely vocal solo, 
accompanied by Mrs. M. L. Myers. 

After a very bountiful noon meal. 

Mrs. Mason Cooper, who is new to 
this district, was welcomed and in- 
troduced to the group. 

Great joy was evidenced on the 
faces of all as the treasurer reported 
that the offering for the previous 
project, supplies for an African book 
store, had reached $275.75, a new 
high for our quarterly projects. 

After the roll call was taken, per- 
centages were quickly tabulated to 
find the council with the highest 
percentage of members present. 
Eleven present out of 16 was the win- 
ning combination for the junior coun- 
cil at Ankenytown. Mrs. Williard 
Smith made a silhouette of the first 
vice president, Mrs. Frederick Leedy, 
and presented it to her. 

A special treat in harmony was en- 
joyed as several numbers in song 
were presented by the Mansfield day 
school choir, under the direction of 
Mrs. James Brundage. 

The project for this quarter was 
helping the new mission work at 
Columbus, and so it was especially 
appropriate to have Rev. Dave Hock- 
ing of that work present to tell us 
about the tremendous challenge in 
that area. Showing slides of the 
work and area, he told of the hunger 
of the people to hear the Word of 
God and asked that we make it a 
definite matter of prayer that re- 
strictions in their chosen area may be 
altered to include a church. Another 
definite matter of praver was for the 
individuals who have been contacted 
and are considering receiving Christ. jl 
—Mrs. John Armstrong j 


President — Mrs. Thomas Hammers, Box 326. 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

First Vice President (Project). Mrs. Leslie 
Moore. Box 296, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Second Vice President (Program). Mrs. 
WilUam H. Schaffer, 215 Arthur St., Kit- 
tanning. Pa. 

Secretary. Mrs. Jack Peters, 314 Dorches- 
ter St., Ashland. Ohio 

Assistant Secretary, Mrs. Williard Smith, 
400 Queen Street, Minerva, Ohio. 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Robert 
Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, 

Literature Secretary, Mrs. Benjamin Hamil- 
ton. Box 701, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Editor, Mrs. Norman H. Uphouse. R.R. 3. 
Warsaw, Ind. 

Prayer Chairman, Miss Elizabeth Tyson, 
105 Seminary Dr.. Winona Lake, Ind. 

SMM Patroness, Mrs. Ralph Hall. R.R. 3, 
Warsaw, Ind. 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 



All roads lead to Rome, 
Or at least that's what they say, 
But just between you and me, 
I think they lead Paris way. 
What do missionaries do all day? 
Here in Paris our work is much dif- 
ferent than it was in Lyon, where we 
served as pastor and pastor's wife, 
much as your own pastor does. Mr. 
Fogle is teaching in a Bible insti- 
tute near Paris, where there are stu- 
dents from as many as 12 different 
countries— speaking different lan- 
guages, but studying the Bible in 
either French or English. 

Talking M'ith people from different 
parts of the world and trying to 
understand and help them with their 
problems, so often different from 
ours, proves to be most interesting. 
Did you know that in certain Chris- 
tian circles here in France the par- 
ents still choose the wife or husband 
they want their son or daughter to 
marry? This was the problem of one 
of the boys here; whether or not he 
loves the girl his parents chose for 
him, he is supposed to love and marry 
her. If he refuses, he is considered 
a disobedient child and is disgraced. 
How would you like this arrange- 
ment? Yes, their problems are dif- 
ferent, and we need the wisdom of 
the Lord as counselors. 

Another phase of our work takes 

place at one of the two Paris air- 
ports or in my kitchen. No, I'm not 
washing dishes at the airport, but all 
of our missionaries who are on their 
way to or from the field of Africa 
change planes in Paris; often we go 
to meet them and have them in our 
home for a short visit. 

We help by making plane or boat 
reservations for the missionaries 
through the companies here in Paris. 
Also, many times they need some- 
thing they cannot buy in Africa, such 
as a new part for a car, watch re- 
pairs, books, and parts to repair 
household articles; we buy these for 
them. So, we are not only mission- 

aries, but also "missionary helpers." 
Besides missionaries, we have 
manv other visitors such as service- 
men stationed in Europe, tourists 
from America, and African students 
studying in Paris. This past spring 
and summer we had 49 or more visi- 

Our most interesting visits, other 
than those with the missionaries, 
have been with the Brethren Afri- 
can students studying in Paris. We 
have had three of them here at the 
house, and you would be surprised to 
see how polite and well-mannered 
they are. In Africa they eat from a 
common pan while seated on the 
ground; but when they arrive in 
Paris, they adapt quickly and are able 
to eat in perfect Parisian style with- 
out so much as spilling a drop. They 
are lots of fun to cook for, too, for 
they love to eat and like anything you 
give them. Our latest African visitor 
was Pastor Simon Pierre, whom 
some of you saw in the States. He 
spent five davs with us, and we en- 
joyed him very much. 

This past summer we went out 
into some French villages from door 
to door with Bibles, Gospels, and 
tracts. With the Juliens, we were 
able to visit only 105 of the 38,000 
villages that need a visit such as this. 

March 6, 1965 


Ruth Ann Rogers 

Duncansville^ Pennsylvania 

Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 

Introducing the New 
National Vice President 

I am a senior at Central High School, Mar- 
tinsburg, Pennsylvania, and am a member of 
the Leamersville Grace Brethren Church, 
where my father is pastor. I am taking the 
academic course in high school and upon 
graduating plan to attend Grace College this 

At the early age of five I accepted Christ 
as my personal Saviour and found the peace 
and joy that Christ alone can give. Since then 
He has become a real and dear friend, as well 
as One upon whom I can depend. My favor- 
ite verses are found in Proverbs 3:5 and 6, where we are admonished to 
"Trust in the Lord" knowing that "he will direct our paths." It is wonderful 
to have His abiding presence. 

SMM has been a real blessing to my life through the years. It has been 
a place of training, of spiritual growth, and of fellowship. The Lord has 
seen fit to use me as a local, district, and now a national officer. It is my 
desire that the work of Christ might be accomplished through me and that 
I will faithfully fulfill the duties of the office entrusted to me. I covet your 

Foreign Mission Offering Period 


{Your offerings are helping to send Rita Hoyt to 
Grace College.) 

On the evening of December 20, 1963, I 
said goodby to many wonderful friends in 
Argentina. Two days later we arrived in the 
"homeland," as missionaries refer to the 
United States; it was strange and different for 
me. The first three weeks were very hard 
ones; I missed "my home," and I was confused 
and uncertain about the future. But before I 
could become more downcast and lonely, I 
found myself in the Westminster Hotel 

among many very friendly college students. Soon I became so involved in 

a busy college schedule that I forgot all my troubles. 

I thank and praise the Lord for leading me to Grace College and for His 
guidance and provision day by day in the year I have been here. I am 
also thankful to those whom He has used to help provide all my needs. 

I do not know what the morrow holds for me, but "In the Lord put I my 
trust" (Ps. 11:1), and certainly "Blessed are all they that put their trust in 
him" (Ps. 2:12). 


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My Day . . . 

(Continued from fage 12) 

house plans together. He was going 
to help us build a new home. I didn't 
realize that I was looking to a per- 
son to give me that desire, when 
God wants to supply all of our needs 
and even our desires. This was the 
time the verses, Psalms 37:3-5, were 
given. I had learned to trust and to 
delight in Him, but committing and 
submission were necessary before He 
could bring it to pass. 

Yes, He did supply a newer home, 
one suited to our needs, in a marvel- 
ous way. I have learned bv expe- 
rience that His ways are past find- 
ing out. 

Even since I started this article a 
new, a different day has been given 
me. I had begun thinking about the 
needs of finances to send the oldest 
girl to Grace College in another year, 
but not seriously enough to do any- 
thing concrete. I was happy in my 
new home and had no desire to go 
to work until absolutely necessary. 
However, I did take the problems 
to the Lord. My widowed mother 
talked of a job to keep her going fi- 
nancially; the father-in-law who has 
always lived with us spoke of his 
retirement coming up in October, 
and college expenses going up. Then 
one day our next-door neighbor 
stopped bv and said that the presi- 
dent of one of the banks in town 
wanted me to call him to arrange an 
interview. When I went in, he asked 
if I would be interested in assisting 
the head of the bookkeeping depart- 
ment. It would involve meeting the 
public, working with figures, and 
some supervision of the young girls 
in the department. 

I enjoy the work the more because 
I know the Lord had it planned for 
me. Oh, I won't say I didn't rebel at 
the idea of working at first, but as 
I was trying to make the decision our 
pastor preached a Sunday evening 
message on our talents. It was God's 
message for me. 

Even a busy day can be peaceful, 
regardless of where we are called 
upon to spend that day, if we are 
submitted to His will for our lives! 
Certainly He has been faithful to me. 


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J-^raise and /-^ 




PRAY for God's blessing upon the 
evangelistic effort to be conducted 
from the Chateau in France from 
Palm Sunday through Easter. 

PRAISE the Lord for our fine 
Brazilian pastors, and the prospect 
of several more. 

PRAY about the increasing threat 
to our mission activities in Africa 
through Communism, modernism, 
and other isms ready to come in 
where we have no laborers. 

PRAY for guidance and blessing 
in the Argentine Bible Institute, be- 
ginning its new year on March 30. 

PRAY that the Mexicali, Mexico, 
congregation may be directed in their 
desire to find lots to build a church. 


PRAY for the continuing work of 
the Holy Spirit in the lives of those 
who found Christ during Youth 

PRAY that the work done by our 
associate, Ken Sanders, on the west 
coast may bring forth much fruit in 
the days ahead. 

PRAY for our national youth con- 
ference at Biola in August. Many 
plans have yet to be finalized. 

PRAISE 'the Lord for His won- 
derful leading in the recent week 
of board meetings. 


PRAY for a great spiritual bless- 
ing on the spring Day of Prayer, 
March 25. 

PRAY that the seniors in both 
college and seminary will be able to 
complete their work satisfactorily be- 
fore graduation time. May 27. 

PRAY that the Lord's will may be 
done with respect to a new library 
building, which is so desperately 
needed on the campus. 

PRAY for the two new develop- 
ment officers, Mr. Job Renick and 
Rev. Thomas Hammers, that they 
may be able to make successful con- 
tacts with foundations and churches 

March 6, 7965 

for the financial support of the 


PRAY for the development of the 
Florida district. Pray especially for 
Orlando and Largo, the newest Breth- 
ren groups in Florida. 

PRAY for the eastern workshop 
for all the home missionaries in the 
eastern area to be held at the Grace 
Brethren Church, Canton, Ohio, 
March 23, 24 and 25. 

PRAY for the annual spring board 
meetings of the Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council to be held at Winona 
Lake, Indiana, March 31 and April 

PRAY for a good home-mission 
financial report March 31, 1965, the 
end of the fiscal year. 

PRAY that the goals to go self- 
supporting may be reached in a num- 
ber of home-mission churches through 
the Lord's supplying of special needs 
between now and December 3 1 . 


PRAY that our goal for our na- 
tional "Operation SMM" may be 

PRAY that all the SMM girls may 
read and study their Bibles daily so 
as to grow spiritually. 

PRAISE the Lord for the oppor- 
tunity of having SMM in your 
churches and praise Him for your 


PRAY that we may be faithful 
each day with our family altars, as 
well as with our private devotional 

PRAY that a WMC may be start- 
ed at Beaverton, Oregon, the new- 
est mission point of the Northwest 

PRAY for the national officers that 
they may be enabled by the Holy 
Spirit to carry out the plans and de- 
cisions made at the recent WMC 
board meeting. 

PRAY for our WMC sessions at 
the national conference: namely, 
prayer and business sessions. Pray, 
too, far each speaker who will bring 
a message to us. 


PRAY that every Sunday school 
may show numerical growth in 1965. 

PRAY that every teacher may 
make adequate preparation regularly 
for teaching. 

PRAY that the loyalty campaign 
may prove helpful to every school. 

PRAY for the national Sunday- 
school convention to be held August 
15 and 16, 1965. 

PRAY that the financial needs of 
the National Sunday School Board 
may be met by our Sunday schools. 


PP\A1SE the Lord for the growing 
enthusiasm in our Brethren churches 
for distributing gospel literature to 
the unreached homes in their com- 

PRAY that every Brethren church 
will become a 100 per cent Herald 
subscribing church, and that the cost 
of the subscriptions will be put into 
each local church budget. 

PRAY that the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald magazine will prove to 
be a rich blessing to its readers, and 
that it will effectively perform its 
intended purpose for our Fellowship. 


PRAY that new laymen's groups 
may be started in churches that have 
no such organization. 

PRAISE the Lord for the men's 
groups that are sponsoring Christian 
Service Brigade groups in their 

PRAY for the Lord's blessing upon 
the executive committee, and for 
wisdom in each decision. 


PRAY for Evangelist Ron Thomp- 
son, that the Lord will give him 
journeying mercies over the many 
miles he travels. 

PRAISE the Lord for the in- 
creased number of churches support- 
ing the Board of Evangelism. 

PRAY that the Lord will thrust 
forth more laborers into the work of 



Brethren Missionary Herald is spon- 
soring Vacation Bible School work- 
shops Mar. 15 and 16 at 7:00 p.m. An 
identical program will be presented 
on both Monday and Tuesday e\'e- 
nings. Any Brethren church in Ohio, 
Indiana, Michigan, or Illinois with- 
in driving distance is invited to at- 
tend. The workshop will last two 
hours (7:00-9:00 p.m.). One hour 
each evening will be devoted to the 
Scripture Press course, and one hour 
to the Gospel Light material. Thus, 
in one evening you may review the 
material from both publishers. Re- 
freshments will be served. 

YORK, PA. The Grace Brethren 
Church here was host to the North- 
ern Atlantic District Youth Winter- 
spiration Jan. 29 and 30. There were 
180 who registered, making it the 
largest overnight rally in the history 
of the district. Herman W. Koontz, 

1965 Dodge bus was placed in serv- 
ice here during January for the use 
of the Brethren Elementarv School 
and Sundav school. This brings to 
three the number of late model buses 
operated regularly by the church and 
school. Howard W. Mayes is pastor. 

Humberd, well-known Brethren 
speaker and writer, spoke in both 
the morning and evening services of 
Grace Brethren church Feb. 7. Neil 
L. Beery, pastor. 

WAYNESBORO, PA. During his 
first term as pastor at Waynesboro, 
Pa., Rev. Robert Crees remembers a 
young man by the name of Mark 
Malles who rededicated his life to 
the Lord and left to prepare for the 
Christian ministry. Now, during 
Brother Crees' second term as pastor 

here, the church has invited Rev. 
Mark Malles of Fort Wayne, Ind., 
to hold a series of evangelistic meet- 
ings for them March 9 to 21. Pastors 
Crees and Malles also serve together 
as president and secretary of the 
board of directors of the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Company. Pastor 
Crees requests prayer for revival, and 
for the health of the aged parents of 
Rev. Malles, who are looking for- 
ward to hearing their son preach. 

Deloe, Jr., pastor of the First Breth- 
ren Church, was ordained to the 
Christian ministry here Jan. 29. His 
father, Jesse B. Deloe, Sr., gave the 
invocation. Rev. M. L. Myers pre- 
sented a vocal solo, after which Dr. 
L. L. Grubb, moderator of the Na- 
tional Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches, delivered the ordination 
message. Others who participated in 
the service were; Dr. Kenneth Ash- 
man, Wooster, Ohio; Rev. R. Paul 
Miller, Jr., Mansfield, Ohio; Rev. 

Vernon Harris, Akron, Ohio; Rev. 
Edward Lewis, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; 
Rev. John Burke, Akron, Ohio; and 
Mr. Ed Jordan, Cleveland, Ohio. 
Rev. Deloe graduated from Grace 
Seminary in 1960. After some teach- 
ing and pastoral experience in Water- 
loo and Dallas Center, Iowa, he came 
to Cleveland in June of 1964. 

ROANOKE, VA. The Washing- 
ton Heights Brethren Church con- 
ducted a four-day missionary confer- 
ence recently with missionaries O. D. 
Jobson, Randall Maycumber, Lynn 
Schrock, Walter Haag, and a Mexi- 
can pastor. Rev. Davalos. Special 
features of the conference included 
a missions fair, films of Argentina 
and Africa, a potluck dinner, and a 
BYE skit, "A Sin-sick World." At- 
tendance averaged 80. Wendell 
Kent, pastor. 

AKRON, OHIO. Five new mem- 
bers were received into the Fairlawn 
Brethren Church Jan. 24. In the eve- 
ning service Rev. Scott Michaels, of 
the North African Crusades, spoke 
and showed pictures of the turbulent 
situation in northern Africa. Vernon 
J. Harris is pastor. 

BERNE, IND. Members of Beth- 
el Brethren Church were introduced 
to Rev. and Mrs. Eddie Mensinger, 
missionary candidates to Africa, by 
tape and slides on a recent Wednes- 
day evening; the following Sunday 
the Mensingers were there in person, 
and Rev. Mensinger spoke in the 
morning worship service. Kenneth 
E. Russell, pastor. 

WHEATON, ILL. Rev. Randy 
Poyner, pastor of Geistown Grace 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa., 
was morning speaker at Grace Breth- 
ren Church here Jan. 31. Dean Fet- 
terhoff, pastoi 

day missionar rally with Rev. Don 
Miller, Rev. Marvin Goodman, and 
Miss Mary Gripe was held at First 
Brethren Church in January. On the 
opening night the congregation was 
challenged to supply and stock a por- 
table book store ($300 above normal 
giving) for Africa; within five days 
$310 had been supplied. During the 
month of January seven new mem- 
bers were added to the church, a teen- 
age girl made a first-time decision 
for Christ, and a couple presented 
their lives to prepare for the Chris- 
tian ministry. At a surprise cake 
and coffee hour Jan. 31 in honor of 
Pastor George Christie's birthday, he 
v\'as presented with a gift certificate 
for a suit and an additional cash gift. 

WOOSTER, OHIO. "So Little 
Time, " a documented missionary film 
on the Far East, was presented in 
First Brethren Church Sunday eve- 
ning, Jan. 31. Kenneth Ashman, 

SPECIAL. A musical instrument 
company in Elkhart, Ind., wishes to " 
supply any number of musical in- 
struments—rebuilt but not refinished 
—at $30 to $50 each. For each one 
purchased, an additional one is given 
free. This offer is open to any of our 
churches or schools. The Sunday 


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school of the Grace Brethren Church 
of Elkhart is buying some for Rev. 
Martin Garber to take back to Cen- 
tral African Republic for use in the 
African churches. 

ill health, Rev. William Gray, pastor 
of First Brethren Church, has ten- 
dered his resignation to the church 
effective in April. 

Humberd, of Flora, Ind., held a Bible 
conference in the Grace Brethren 
Church here Feb. 10 to 14. Nine 
new members were recently received 
into church membership. Nelson E. 
Hall, pastor. 

youth week, Jan. 31 to Feb. 7, Rev. 
Ron Jurke held special meetings in 
Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church 
in which over twenty rededications 
and at least six first-time decisions 
were recorded. Sunday, March 7, will 
be the 25th anniversary of the 
church. Rev. Ord Gehman, its first 
pastor, held a three-day Bible con- 
ference March 4 to 6. Glenn Byers, 

wealth Avenue Brethren Church 
held a foreign missions conference 
Feb. 17 to 21. In addition to mission- 
aries (Rev. Walter Haag, Dr. and 
Mrs. O. D. Jobson, Miss Mary Gripe, 
and Rev. and Mrs. Eddie Mensinger) 
the congregation met Miss Martha 
Bettinalio, a national Argentine, and 
Pastor Davalos, a recentlv ordained 
Mexican. In connection with the 
conference, the church members and 
friends were invited to hear a cantata 
presented b\' the choir of First Breth- 
ren Church, Washington, D. C, 
"The Greatest Story Yet Untold." 
John J. Burns, pastor. 

missionary speakers at Cherry Valley 
Brethren Church included Rev. Mar- 
vin Goodman, Rev. Martin Garber, 
Rev. Donald Miller, and Rev. Don- 
ald Bishop. Miles Taber, pastor. 

CLAYTON, OHIO. The Clayton 
Brethren Church has extended a call 
to Pastor William Howard for an- 
other year. Rev. and Mrs. Leo Pol- 
man held six special services here 

recently; since then, the weekly cur- 
rent fund offering has increased by 
$30 to $50. Another recent speaker 
was Rev. Thomas Hammers, rep- 
resenting Grace Schools. The church 
has voted to purchase choir robes. 

DAYTON, OHIO. First Brethren 
Church climaxed their youth week 
activities bv inviting Merlin Berkey, 
a Grace Seminary student, to bring 
the evening message on Feb. 7. For- 
rest Jackson, pastor. 

HEMET, CALIF. Any Brethren 
families in the Hemet and San Ja- 
cinto area interested in having a new 
Brethren work started here are asked 
to contact Mr. Lester Gilmore, 43600 
E. Florida Ave., Hemet, Calif. 92343. 

speaker at First Brethren Church Jan. 
31 was Mr. Dan Grabill, acting na- 
tional vouth director. The following 
week Dr. L. L. Grubb, director of 
Brethren home missions, showed pic- 
tures and gave a current report on 
the home-mission program. William 
A. Ogden, pastor. 

knowing of Brethren people living 
in the Kalamazoo area who would be 
interested in the development of a 
Bible class with the possibility of 
establishing a church, please contact 
Pastor Charles E. Lawson, 205 N. 
Mechanic St., Berrien Springs, Mich. 

and Mrs. Elmer B. Sachs, P. O. Box 
5601, Denver, Colo. Please change 

SPECIAL. Michael Sampson, 20, 
a member of the Washington, D. C, 
First Brethren Church, was in Puerto 

Rico recently for military maneuvers 
when he was discovered to have plas- 
tic anemia, a condition in which the 
bone marrow does not produce white 
corpuscles. There is no known cure, 
and his condition has not been im- 
proving. Prayer is urgently requested 
for him. W. A. Ogden is pastor. 

ARGENTINA. Rev. and Mrs. 
Robert Cover, missionaries to Argen- 
tina, are the parents of a son, David 
Michael, born to them at Rio Cuarto, 
Argentina, on Jan. 3. David is the 
Covers' second son; they also have 
two daughters. 

ELKHART, IND. A Grace Col- 
lege student, Phil Jones, was a guest 
speaker at Grace Brethren Church 
in February. Gordon W. Bracker, 

Communitv Brethren Church, Feb. 
7, one first-time decision was made, 
ten ne\v members were received into 
the fellowship of the church, and 
six more were baptized. Ward A. Mil- 
ler, pastor. 

AFRICA. Mr. and Mrs. Pierre- 
Andre Waridel, French teachers of 
the Brethren African mission, have 
sent out announcements which, 
when translated from the French, 
read as follows: "Anne-Claude Wari- 
del is verv happv to announce that 
her little brother, Jean-Marc, was 
born at Yaloke, Monday, Feb. 1, 
1965. Mama is happy. Papa is proud." 

NOTICE; The East district con- 
ference, Julv 19 to 22, is to be held 
at Singer Hill Brethren Church, 
Conemaugh, Pa. You may want to 
note this on the inside back cover 
of vour Annual. 

GLENDALE, CALIF. The second annual Gospel Light Publications Im- 
printers Conference was held here Jan. 4 to 6. Dr. Harold Etling, director of 
our Sunday-school board, represented our fellowship in the conference; he 
is pictured above in one of the meetings (fourth from left). 

March 6, 7965 


Letter to 
the Judge 

By Raymond L. Cox 

Judge Irwin Davidson of the Su- 
preme Court of New York attacked 
the stack of mail his secretary had 
piled neatly on his desk. He sighed 
as he read one letter, frov\'ned at 
the contents of another, but burst 
into a great guffaw when he read 
one particular letter. 

"This man can't be serious!" he 
exclaimed. Then he read the letter 
again. The message was one of the 
shortest Judge Davidson ever re- 
ceived. It consisted of a single ques- 
"Dear Judge Davidson: 

Will -pleading guilty get me ac- 

The correspondent's signature fol- 

But was the writer's query so 
absolutely incredible? 

Across the continent in Hillsboro, 
Oregon, on July 11, 1963, Charles 
Lorenzen, age 38, pleaded guilty in 
the Circuit Court of Washington 
County to the charge of forgery. 

In such circumstances, judges 
generally impose sentence automati- 
cally and immediately. But the pre- 
siding magistrate in this case shat- 
tered precedent. Judge Glen Hieber 
refused to accept Lorenzen's plea of 
guilty. He himself personally entered 
a plea of innocent for the defendant 

and ordered the case set for trial. 

Charles Lorenzen pleaded guilty. 
But he may get acquitted. Time will 

Four years before Christ, Hydreius, 
the supreme magistrate of Caria in 
Southwest Asia Minor, received an 
even more unusual letter than did 
Judge Davidson. Agesilaus, king of 
Sparta, wrote concerning litigation 
then pending against a man named 
Nicias. Hydreius gasped as he read 
his friend's request: "If Nicias is in- 
nocent, acquit him. If he is not in- 
nocent, acquit him anyway, on my 
account! At any rate, be sure to 
acquit him!" 

All this has an interesting parallel 
in what the Scriptures teach. For 
example, justification is a key word 
in the Bible and means acquittal. 
When a judge acquits, he justifies 
the defendant; that is, he declares 
the legal verdict that the man charged 
is not guilty of the crime for which 
he has been arraigned. And when 
God justifies by faith, he acquits the 
sinner. He declares him righteous. 

But before the sinner may be 
acquitted he must plead guilty. Be- 
fore he may be justified he must con- 
fess his sin. Only a man who recog- 
nizes himself a sinner is a candidate 
for conversion. 

Divine justice differs from human 
justice, however. 

Court procedure on earth is to pro- 
nounce sentence against the person 
who pleads guilty to a crime. Con- 
fess and go to jail— that is man's jus- 
tice. But God says, "My thoughts are 
not your thoughts, neither are your 
ways my ways" (Isa. 55:8). 

With men it is confess and go to 
prison. With God it is confess and go 
free, plead guilty and be acquitted, 
acknowledge sinfulness and be justi- 

But justification should not be 
degraded in our thinking to a capri- 
cious whim on the part of God. It is 
not an arbitrary act without regard to 
righteous judgment. For an earthly 
magistrate to acquit the guilty is de- 
nounced by the Bible as an abomina- 
tion. "He that justifieth the v\'icked, 
and he that condemneth the just, 
even they both are abomination to the 
Lord" (Prov. 17:15). 

How then may God preserve the 

integrity of His holiness by justifying 
the ungodly, especially when He 
emphatically repudiates the same 
procedure by human courts? 

The answer lies in the fact that 
the sins of a justified man are for- 
given but do not remain unpunished. 
Divine redemption arranged an atone- 
ment by which the justified man's 
sins were punished, not in his own 
person, but in the person of a sub- 
stitute. "Behold the Lamb of God," 
exclaimed John the Baptist, "which 
taketh away the sin of the world" 
(John 1:29)'. "The Lord hath laid on 
him," declared Isaiah, "the iniquity 
of us all" (Isa. 53:6). The wages of ■ 
sin is always death, but the sinner I 
himself need not suffer this spiritual ' 
and eternal death, for a substitute 
has taken the sting. God forgives sin 
on the basis that said sin has been 
fully punished in the sacrifice of 
Christ. Because of Christ's atone- 
ment, God is both "just and the 
justifier of him which believeth on 

Now what about you? Have you 
believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and 
been saved (Acts 16:31)? Have you 
confessed and been justified? Have 
you been acquitted by pleading 

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Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted In writing by a pastor 

REISINGER, Mrs. Estelh, 82, a 
longtime member of the Carlton 
Brethren Church, Garwin, Iowa, was 
called home to glory on Jan. 29. 

Milton R\'erson, pastor. 

STL7FFT, Jacoh Robert, 68, went 
to be with the Lord Jan. 7. He was 
a member of the Jenners Brethren 
Church, Jenners, Pa. 

Kenneth E. Wilt, pastor. 

KELTNER, Charles A., 65, died 
Jan. 27. He was a member of the 
Vandalia Grace Brethren Church, 
"Vandalia, Ohio. 

ShenA'ood Durkee, pastor. 

KLINK, Mrs. Lois, 39, passed 
away Jan. 31. She had been a mem- 
ber of the Meyersdale Brethren 
Church, Meyersdale, Pa., since 1958. 
William Snell, pastor. 


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One Hundred Years Old 
and Still Preaching! 

By Rev. Paul L. Mohler 

Pastor, First Brethren Church, Grafton, West Virginia 

■On a recent Sunday Rev. Emory 
Shahan, the oldest living minister 
of the National Fellowship of Breth- 
ren Churches, presented the morning 
message in the First Brethren Church 
of Grafton, West Virginia. Rev. Paul 
L. Mohler is pastor of the church, 
and Rev. Shahan is one of its elders. 
Now living with a daughter at 104'/2 
Ridenour Street, Clarksburg, West 
Virginia, Rev. Shahan is quite alert 
and physically able and active. 

Brother Shahan became one hun- 
dred years of age on October 9, 
1964. His birthday was celebrated 
and observed by nearly five hundred 
friends and acquaintances from all 
over the nation. His birthday party 
was held in a church just a couple 
blocks from his home in Clarksburg. 

In addition to those who went to 
church to extend personally their 
best wishes and prayers to our broth- 
er, hundreds of greetings, kind words, 
and best wishes were mailed to him 
and included some from senators. 

congressmen, and other public offi- 
cials of prominence. 

Rev. Shahan was bom in Preston 
County, West Virginia, near the 
town of Rowlesburg in 1864. Early 
in his teens he became interested in 
the Bible, trusted in the Saviour, and 
soon responded to the call of the Lord 
to preach the gospel. In 1892 he be- 
came a minister in the Brethren 
Church. He served as a circuit rider 
preacher (traveling by horseback) in 
Tucker, Preston, and Barbour Coun- 
ties in the early days of the Breth- 
ren movement in West Virginia. In 
1904 he was ordained an elder in 
the Brethren Church. 

He fathered 14 children of which 
ten are still living. He has 35 grand- 
children, 43 great grandchildren, and 
five great-great grandchildren. His 
helpmeet, Mrs. Shahan, went to be 
with her Lord 16 years ago. 

Brother Shahan served in the ac- 
tive ministry until he was 70, when 
he was forced to retire from the pas- 

Rev. Emory Shahan 

toral ministry due to a severe phys- 
ical problem that almost claimed his 
life. He recovered after a lengthy pe- 
riod and since then has had a moder- 
ately healthy life as compared with 
most men his age. He has always 
been ready to speak to groups, speak 
in churches, teach Sunday-school 
classes, and minister on the radio and 
TV, which he is often called upon 
to do. 

Since his one hundredth birthday 
last October he has preached a num- 
ber of times in churches. And when 
he spoke the other Sunday in the 
Grafton church, where he served as 
pastor for years, he used as his ser- 
mon subject, "The Good Samaritan 
Parable." Speaking strongly for a 
half hour. Rev. Shahan presented the 
personal spiritual applications of the 
Good Samaritan account and then 
proceeded to drav\' from the passage 
some interesting dispensational typol- 
ogy. At the conclusion of his ser- 
mon the pastor gave an invitation and 
Several responded, making public 
decisions for Christ. 

We can all thank God for men 
like Brother Shahan who keep God, 
His precious Word, and His min- 
istry foremost in their lives, buying 
up every opportunity to herald forth 
His message of love and redeeming 
grace in Christ. Surely this beloved 
brother has proven that age need not 
be any obstacle to service for Christ. 

Rev. Shahan's birthday cake 


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What Hinders the 
Growth of the 
Church Today? 

By Harry M. Cole, Sr. 

LayTnan^ First Brethren Church 
Cleveland, Ohio 

The first hindrance to the growth 
of the church is lack of fervent pray- 
er. Prayer is a duty of the Christian 
(Eph. 6:18). It brings access to God 
(Phil. 4:6). Prayer is commanded 
(Matt. 7:7). It should be offered in 
Christ's name (John 16:24-26). I 
wonder if the Lord recognizes our 
churches as houses of prayer. They 
say our mid-week prayer service is 
the backbone of the church and that 
the great power from above comes 
into our churches at that time. I may 
be old-fashioned, but if I am, give 
me those old-time prayer meetings 
where we met together, read a short 
portion of Scripture, sang "Sweet 
Hour of Prayer," heard the prayer re- 
quests, and then divided up into 
groups. We went immediately into 
prayer, pouring out our hearts to 
God. We were never in a hurry to 
get home for fear we might miss that 
favorite TV show. When we had 
prayed around once, we would start 
over again. That kind of praying is 
what we need in our churches today 
if we wish to see them go forward 
for the Lord. I don't deny we should 
have a Bible study, but let's have it 
at some other time. If we become 
prayer-minded churches with a pas- 
sion for souls and then put legs under 
those prayers, I am sure the Lord will 

The second hindrance to growth 
of the church is lack of unity (Ps. 
133:1). "Behold, how good and how 
pleasant it is for brethren to dwell 
together in unity!" "Endeavoring to 
keep the unity of Spirit in the bond 
of peace" (Eph. 4:3). "For the per- 
fecting of the saints, for the work of 

the ministry, for the edifying of the 
body of Christ: till we all come in 
the unity of the faith, and of the 
knowledge of the Son of God, unto 
a perfect man, unto the measure of 
the stature of the fulness of Christ" 
(Eph. 4:12-13). Unity is the one 
thing the church membership must 
have if they expect the Holy Spirit 
to work in their midst. If the church 
has not unity, the members should 
immediately come together and seek 
it. They should get all difficulties 
settled and then get down to the 
business of winning souls for Christ. 
No matter how hard a pastor tries 
to win souls, if there is not unity 
among the members, his work goes 
for naught. The Lord does not bless 
where there is not unity. What is 
needed today is that spirit of unitv 
among God's children so He can 
work through us all. 

The third hindrance is criticism. 
What is a better way to act than 
to be critical? This question is an- 
swered in Romans 14:13: "Let us not 
therefore judge one another any 
more: but judge this rather, that no 
man put a stumblingblock or an oc- 
casion to fall in his brother's way." 
Perhaps you criticize the work of 
another in the church, or criticize 
your church officers. If you think 
their work could be improved, it 
would be much better to talk to them 
about it than to go off into a comer 
with some other member and criticize 
them. The Lord would give you a big 
blessing if you would go directly to 
the individual and straighten out 
your differences. 

A fourth hindrance to church 
growth is the places we may go. 
Several years ago when a highly re- 
spected member of the church en- 
tered a saloon to gat his check 
cashed, he was seen by a teen-age 
member of the Bible school, who 
was across the street waiting for a 
bus. When the boy arrived home he 
said, "Mom, Mr. So and So is a 
hypocrite." "Tommy," the astonished 

mother said, "Why did you say that?" 
"Well, while I was waiting for a bus 
I saw him go into a saloon, and that 
is no place for a Christian to go." 
Although Tommy did not know whv 
the man had gone into this place, he 
knew no Christian should be seen 
in such a place. So, fellow Christians, 
be careful where you go. Do not enter 
a place where you would be ashamed 
to take the Lord, for you never know 
\A'ho will see you. Your action may 
hinder others from coming to church, 
and your testimony will go for 

Getting into wrong company is 
the fifth hindrance. "Blessed is the 
man that walketh not in the counsel 
of the ungodly" (Ps. 1:1). "I have 
not sat with vain persons, neither 
will I go in with dissemblers" (Ps. 
26:4). Also read I Corinthians 5:11. 
The story is told of a man who 
owned a canary with a beautiful 
voice. He decided one day to set it 
free so he put it under an apple tree. 
It wasn't long till a flock of sparrovi'S 
sat dov\'n beside it, with their chirp, 
chirp, chirping, and it wasn't long 
until the canary was chirping too. It 
never did regain its beautiful voice. 
So it is with many Christians who 
had a wonderful testimony a few 
short years ago, but who have got- 
ten into the v\'rong crowd and now 
have no time for church. 

These, my fellow Christians, are 
the main reasons for the hindrance 
in the church today. If you possess 
any of these hindrances, you should 
get on your knees and make things 
right with your Lord and Saviour. 
Ask yourself these questions. How 
long since I saw a soul won for 
Christ? How long since I spoke to 
some one of their soul? How long 
since I invited a relative or friend to 
church? You may be ashamed of the 
answers. Let's all get busy now to- 
day, for the Lord says in Matthew 
24:44 "In such an hour as ye think 
not the Son of man cometh." T 

March 6, 1965 


JA'^ OJI' 


V^ ^^ ■ By Dr. Harold H. EHing 


By R. Dean Hillegas 

No more contests at the Meyers- 
dale Brethren Church— until we take 
time out for expansion. Over the past 
1 5 years we have had many success- 
ful enlargement campaigns, but the 
Deacons' Dri\'e, which lasted 13 
weeks (May through July of 1964), 
proved to be the most successful thus 

By naming the contest "The Dea- 
cons' Drive, " we automatically had 
six captains to head up the contest. 
The Sundav-school body was divided 
into six different teams. Each team 
assumed a team color and were as- 
signed a deacon as leader of their 
group. Each member wore a colored 
badge to denote the team he or she 

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represented. Early each Sunday morn- 
ing the deacons were on hand to 
greet members of their own team and 
to get a report of the earned points 
of the preceding week. 

The "point system" was used as an 
incentive for members to get out and 
invite new folks to Sunday school. 
Ten points were awarded for each 
personal contact, five points for each 
telephone contact, and ten additional 
points if the prospect came to Sundav 
school. After attending four con- 
secutive Sundays, the prospect auto- 
maticallv became a member, and the 
one who had invited him received a 
one-hundred point bonus. At the 
end of the contest on July 26 a beau- 
tiful gift was awarded to the one on 
each team with the most points. A 
huge poster (8 by 5 feet) at the front 
of the church served as a constant re- 
minder of each team's progress. 

The end result was 45 new mem- 
bers and a Sunday school that was 
bulging at the seams— and still is. 

At left: The record high dur- 
ing the 13-weelc contest. 

Right; The six deacons look 
over the large sign that was 
used during the contest. Back 
row, left to right: Fred Grof, 
Dean Hillegas, Walter Witt. 
Front row, left to right: Jim 
Miller. Ed Hillegas, and Don 
West (standing on chair). 
(Photos by Harold Nicholson) 


Director, National Sunday School Board 

On Rally Day, October 4, 1964, the 
attendance soared to 256, an all-time 
high for the Meyersdale Brethren 
Sundav School. The average attend- 
ance for the year was 194, also a new 
high for average attendance. The 
Sundav-school goal for 1965 is an 
average attendance of 205. 

Presently classes are meeting in 
the choir loft, kitchen, pastor's study, 
and the parsonage, in order to absorb 
the overflow. Inconvenient? Yes— but 
very encouraging. The Lord has 
blessed abundantly and we feel 
strongly that it is His will for us to 
consider expansion. Already new 
plans for added facilities have been 
drawn up bv Ralph C. Hall at the 
request of a newly formed building 
committee. These plans have been 
submitted to our congregation for 
careful and prayerful study. 

This is whv there can be no more 
contests (for a while) at the Meyers- 
dale Brethren Church, Meyersdale, 
Penns\'lvania. T 


Home Missions and 
Grace Schools Issue 

March 20, 1965 


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Brethren Home Missions 


Sy L L Grubb 

How About This? 

A man said to me the other day, "What's the differ- 
ence between the Brethren Investment Foundation and 
the Brethren Home Missions Council?" 

This question sort of floored me for a moment. Was 
it possible that any member of a Brethren church did 
not know the difference between the Brethren Invest- 
ment Foundation and the Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil? Brochures on both are all through the churches. The 
Brethren Missionary Herald advertises and explains both. 

Knowing this person and his deep interest in Brethren 
projects, I began to realize that perhaps there are others 
who really are not sure of the difference between these 
two organizations. 

I told mv friend that the difference was very simple. 
The Brethren Investment Foundation has in it only in- 
vestment funds. This money is loaned bv individuals 
either through a savings account or a larger sum of money 
to the Brethren Investment Foundation. We apply 4 per 
cent interest on savings up to $499 and 5 per cent on 
amounts of $500 and up. In turn we loan this money at 
5Vi per cent mostly to new Brethren churches to help in 
the construction of church buildings. Sometimes we loan 
money to our national boards, such as to Grace College 
for the building of a dormitory. 

But none of this money is given away. Churches and 
institutions which borrow it must ■pay it hack. 

None of this money (now a total of about $4,300,000) 
can he used to helf Brethren churches until they are 

So, when you loan money to the Brethren Investment 
Foundation you are not helping to start churches. You 
are helping to develop those which are already started. 

Don't confuse the money in the Brethren Investment 
Foundation with gifts to Brethren Home Missions. Un- 
less we get the gifts to start churches, the Brethren In- 
vestment Foundation money cannot become effective. 

Is this clear? 

The Brethren Home Missions Council is something 
else. In it is only gift money— no loans and investments. 

Here is where the tremendous, urgent, cr\'ing need 
for funds limits the whole program of the National Fel- 
lowship of Brethren Churches in all of its departments. 

If vou have loaned money to the Brethren Investment 
Foundation, this is wonderful and there will always be 
a need for this money, but we can't effectively use your 


Volume 27. Number 6 
Richard E. Grant, Execuiive Editor 
SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake. Ind. Issued biweekly 
by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Inc., Box 544. Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price : $3.50 a year, foreign. $4.50. 
Special rates to churches. 

Brethren Investment Foundation money until your gifts 
are gwen through Brethren Home Missions. 

You see, today when you think of starting a church 
you must think in terms of a minimum of $50,000. This 
includes a church location, a small building, the pastor's 
salary, and a few current expenses. Some of this $50,000 
can be Brethren Investment Foundation funds to help 
buy a church location and construct the first unit of a 
church plant. But until the Brethren Home Missions 
Council has the money to help pay a pastor's salary and 
assist with many other expenses which keep going up 
each \esr, the church can't even start. 

So, even though the Brethren Investment Foundation 
and the Brethren Home Missions Council have the same 
officers and the same Board, they are separate non-profit 
corporations, and the one serves the other. The Brethren 
Home Missions Council provides the opportunities for 
the Brethren Investment Foundation. 

I thought I had better also show mv friend how urgent 
is the need for funds in Brethren Home Missions at this 

I wanted him to be sure to understand that the Breth- 
ren Home Missions deficit of $150,000 has nothing to do 
with the Brethren Investment Foundation and the se- 
curity of his investment there. But it does tragically limit 
the starting of new Brethren churches, and this at a time 
when opportunities are before us all over America. 

He was surprised when I told him that our home- 
mission offering this year on January 31 was $13,000 less 
than last year. He asked me, 'WTiy?" Well, this was 
hard to answer. But I told him I felt that there is just not 
sufficient missionary vision for e\'angelizing America. 
People do not seem to fully see that unless we do this 
in the ultimate we will fail. He agreed that this was the 

He seemed to be satisfied with the explanation and 
I'm sure a new determination was bom in him to help 
both of these organizations to work together in starting 
new churches. 

Then I had a great longing to be able to sit down 
with all of our 28,000 Brethren people and say the same 
thing to them personally. However, I knew that this 
was impossible. So, I'm doing the next best thing- 
writing to you about it. 

I sincerely hope that this makes the whole picture clear- 
er in your mind and that it will help you pray about 
giving to Brethren Home Missions and loaning your 
money to the Brethren Investment Foundation. 

We have the gospel and America needs it! 

Let's give it out! ▼ 

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Communism . . . Freedom's Enemy— 

Dedicated Christians . . . Freedom*s Friend 

Professor R. Wayne Snider, Grace College 

The Communist threat has not 
subsided during the past few years in 
spite of what some would have us to 
believe. On the international, as well 
as on the domestic scene, the U.S. is 
more involved in the struggle for 
men's minds than ever before. Un- 
fortunately, some who are in the de- 
cision-making positions have failed 
to see clearly the aims of this inter- 
national conspiracy. This failure has 

^"f COLD FACTS ...„ 


munists have made, and with the 
institutions of higher learning be- 
coming more and more open to speak- 
ers from the Communist Party, what 
can be done to raise a defense against 
this menace? 

It is the opinion of this writer 
that a completely dedicated Chris- 
tian is the best defense against Com- 
munism. How does one reach this 
stage? He is one who has turned 

of our society. Any one of these is po- 
tent enough to neutralize the church. 
In Communism we find all three at 
the verf foundation of its ideology. 
Christians need to know what Com- 
munism teaches, what its aims are, 
and how the gospel can combat it. 

As the Christian sees how the 
Communist uses social problems to 
advance his cause, he will become 
more active in programs within his 


TACTICS: propaganda - slander 


led them to believe that the Com 
munist Party is just another political 
party and should be given an oppor- 
tunity to present its views to the 
American people. 

In recent months the center of 
attention has been focused on the 
student riots at the University of 
California Berkeley campus. In the 
February 1 1 issue of the "Tocsin" it 
is reported that the chairman of the 
philosophy department stated that 
"Communism has to be given a 
chance to win the American mind. 
And the best place to have that done, 
among others, is in the colleges and 
universities." He even urged that 
Communists be allov^'ed to teach at 
U.S. universities. 

With the progress which the Com- 

evervthing o\ er to the Lord. He wel- 
comes every opportunity of service 
for the Lord, not bothering to com- 
pute the cost. He no longer has any 
property rights over his body. 

This sort of dedication is the re- 
sult of gospel-preaching churches 
which give opportunity for people to 
hear the message of salvation, respond 
to it, and grow to maturity in Christ. 
As one so develops, he assesses his 
responsibilities before the Lord and 
his fellowman. This means he will 
not only know his Bible well, but 
also as much as possible about those 
sources of evil which would under- 
mine the effectiveness of the work 
of the true church. 

Materialism, atheism, and secular- 
ism are destroying the moral fabric 

community to find a solution to them. 
This will not only be a help in de- 
feating Communism but will also 
go a long way toward reaching these 
people for Christ. The Communist 
seeks to revolutionize man's environ- 
ment, thus changing man himself 
ultimately. But the gospel regener- 
ates the man who will then, if dedi- 
cated, seek to change society for the 

The core of this entire approach is 
the Bible-believing, gospel-preaching 
church. Only as this core is strength- 
ened by establishing more such spirit- 
ual units throughout the country can 
this program succeed. The program of 
Brethren Home Missions is based 
upon this very premise. T 

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lert yourself "learn the true nature and tactics of 

ake civic programs for social improvement your bu 

xercise your right to vote; elect representatives of integrity. 

spect human dignity - 
cannot coexist. 

nd individual rights 

nform yourself; know your country-its history, traditio 
and heritage. 

nbat public apathy toward communism—indifference can 
be fatal when national survival is at stake. 

ttack bigotry and prejudice wherever they appear; justice 
for all is the bulwark of democracy. 

J. Edgar Hoover 

tzHome UMission ^leld ztlepo^ts 

R. Christie, pastor). Just a note to 
share with you the blessings of Jan- 
uary. Two made first-time decisions 
and four were added to the church 
membership. One voung couple gave 
their lives to full-time Christian serv- 
ice and a 12-year-old boy dedicated 
his life for missionary service. Our 
January giving equaled 45 per cent 
of the first quarter of 1964 and we 
exceeded our building fund goal by 

cial). The spring board meeting of 
The Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil, Inc., will be held here March 
30, 31, and April 1. On January 31 
the offering was $13,150 behind last 

year's on the same date. At the end of 
February the difference was $11,550. 
The fiscal year ends March 31, 

LANCASTER, PA. (William 
Tweeddale, pastor). We praise God 
for the wonderful zeal of our people 
for the prayer meeting, which has 
been exceeding one hundred each 
Wednesday night. We are now self- 
supporting and meeting our financial 
needs. We trust the Lord for a $566 
offering each week and our faith 
goals are being met. We never have 
anything left over at the end of the 
month, but all our bills are paid. We 
almost feel like the woman with our 
handful of flour and one cruse of oil. 

CUBA, N. MEX. (James S. Mc- 
Clellan, superintendent). Mrs. Clara 
Rodgers, of the Singer Hill Grace 
Brethren Church, Conemaugh, Penn- 
sylvania, arrived at the mission to 
take up her duties as a dorm mother. 
Mrs. Rodgers' entire support has been 
underwritten by her home church, 
of which Rev. Glenn Byers is pastor. 
Her personal property was moved to 
the mission by Mr. Oren Taylor, of 
Warsaw, Indiana, assisted by Rev. 
Roy Glass, Altoona, Pennsylvania. 

MARGATE, FLA. (Dean Risser, 
pastor). Our news bulletin, entitled 
"Grace Notes," is printed by a couple 
converted from Roman Catholicism 
about two and one half years ago. 
We have the printing done free with 
advertising on the back page. The 
previous issue we received five hun- 
dred and this time, one thousand. 
This printer offered to print any 
tracts I would write, so within two 
days he had a manuscript. 

DRYHILL, KY. (Marvin Lowery, 
pastor). Three boys accepted Christ 
in our boys' club last week, which 
\yas a great encouragement to us here. 
Mrs. Lowery started a girls' club here 
Monday (Feb. 8) and had nine small 
girls present. On the following Wed- 
nesday, a teen-age girls' club met for 
the first time with nine girls present. 

AKRON, OHIO (Vernon Harris, 
pastor). The Rhodeheaver family 
mentioned in the "Communicator" 
were baptized and received into the 
church along with three young girls. 
Last Sunday (Jan. 31) five more 
adults made decisions. 

GALION, OHIO (Alva Conner, 
pastor). We are grateful for the bless- 
ings of God at Gallon Grace Breth- 
ren. Yesterday (Feb. 7) we had 80 in 
Sunday school, with one public de- 
cision of rededication in the morning 
and another in the evening service. 
Last Sunday we needed two hun- 
dred dollars for our preliminary build- 
ing plans and more than met the goal. 
Our total offerings for 1964 exceeded 
ten thousand dollars, or a 300 per 
cent increase over the previous year. 

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"THAT THROUGH YOUR MERCY . . ." (Romans 11:31) 


"That through your mercy"— these 
four words should cause every be- 
hever in the Lord Jesus Christ to 
stop and evaluate the quality of the 
mercy which he has extended during 
his "Christian" life to the Jewish peo- 
ple. In fact, it would be well first to 
determine whether or not any mercy 
has been extended. All too often 
seemingly valid excuses are offered 
by Gentile Christians (and sometimes 
by Jewish Christians also) for not 
seriously engaging in a personal ef- 
fort to reach the spiritually dead Jew 
with the life-giving gospel of the Lord 
Jesus Christ. In fact, excuses have 
become so "stock" it is possible to 
catalogue them. They fall under 
three headings: 

1 . Evangelizing the Jew is a special- 
ized field. 

2. The gospel was presented to the 
Jew first and then to the Gentile; 
and since the Jew refused God's mes- 
sage, v\'e are now. to present the mes- 
sage to the Gentile. This is the work 
of the church. 

3. The church doors are open. The 
Jew is welcome to come in. If he does 
not come in and hear the gospel, his 
is the responsibility. 

The sad fact of the matter is this: 
these are very poor excuses. And they 
are without foundation or fact. 

In the first place, evangelizing the 
Jew is not a specialized field. It is 
not specialized any more than evan- 
gelizing the Gentile is a specialized 
field. The Lord Jesus Christ left 
specific instructions relative to evan- 
gelization of all men. He says; "Go 
ye therefore and teach all nations" 
(Matt. 28:19). "Go ye into all the 
world and preach the gospel to every 
creature" (Mark 16:15). "And I, if I 
be lifted up from the earth, will draw 
all men unto me" (John 12:32). "And 
as Moses lifted up the serpent in the 
wilderness, even so must the Son 
of man be lifted up; that whosoever 
helieveth in him should not perish, 
but have eternal life" (John 3:14-15). 

"Ye shall be witnesses unto me both 
in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and 
in Samaria, and unto the uttermost 
part of the earth" (Acts 1:8). 

The Jewish people can be classi- 
fied as a "nation" of the world; the 
Jew can be classified under "every 
creature" and also as one of the 
"whosoevers." And there can be no 
question in our mind as to the peo- 
ple referred to in the Acts passage as 
"both in Jerusalem, and in all 
Judaea." If the reaching of the Gen- 
tile is not a specialized task, then 
neither is the task of reaching the 
Jew specialized. It may be somewhat 
more difficult, but it is not special- 

Secondly, there was never to be a 
discontinuance of the offering of the 
gospel to the Jew. Proof of this is 
found time and again in the New 
Testament. Paul's attempts to reach 
his Jewish persecutors in the latter 
part of the Book of Acts is proof of 
this. The fact we have an epistle to 
the Hebrews is proof of this. The 
fact that James writes to the "twelve 
tribes which are scattered abroad" 
is proof of this. The fact that Peter 
writes to the "strangers scattered 
abroad" is proof of this. The fact 
of the admonition to believers con- 
tained in Romans 11:19 to 32 is 
proof of this. It has always been 
God's prime purpose to reach the 
heart of all men. And this includes 
the Jew. 

Thirdlv, the church door is open. 
When an unsaved person makes use 
of a church door, you can be certain 
some child of God has at some time 
contacted that person and testified 
to the goodness of the Lord and the 
salvation He provides. People do not 
just "come in" whether welcome or 
not. Somwhere, somehow, someone 
has to get a proper and effecti\'e 
testimony to that person. This is the 
area where Christians need to give 
serious and thoughtful consideration 
if Jews are to receive a proper and 

effective testimony concerning the 
Lord and His salvation. This is the 
area I wish to consider with you dur- 
ing the next three articles in "Israel 
Calls." Here is my reason for wanting 
to do this. 

Not too long ago, I had the op- 
portunity of leading a Jewish person 
to the Lord. The person confessed 
Christ as Saviour, Messiah, and God. 
The confession was sincere and from 
the heart. During the course of our 
various contacts in the following 
three weeks, I suggested that the in- 
dividual accompany my wife and me 
to a church ser\'ice. I was refused. 
This child of the Lord was willing 
to attend any and all services at the 
mission, but as to church attendance, 
she refused! Why? "Because of the 
way they talk about the Jew," was 
the answer. 

Again, as I dealt with another 
Jewish believer I was informed she 
no longer wished to attend a partic- 
ular church. I pressed for a reason 
and the response was, "That preacher! 
Tell me. Pastor Button, is he against 
the Jew? What's wrong with him? 
He said terrible things about us Jews 
last week. I'll never go back to that 
church again!" 

Frequently, as I deal with the 
Jewish people, I ha\'e brought to my 
attention the supposed anti-semitic 
statements made by Christians, both 
pastors and laymen. And the Jew- 
ish people have been terribly and 
grievouslv affected by these state- 
ments. Some have been so affected 
that it becomes almost impossible to 
deal with them. This is particularly 
true where the gospel broadcast is 

Now I do not for a moment believe 
those who really love the Lord Jesus 
Christ are insensitive to the spiritual 
needs of His brethren according to 
the flesh. I am unable to believe this 
because I have had too many evi- 

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March 20, 1965 

Brethren Home Missiorts 

^ke cJJem ^ree L^kurck 

By L L. Grubb 

"Last Sunday we burned our mort- 
gage. Praise the Lord, we are out of 
debt." Or, "Isn't it wonderful our 
church has been out of debt for ten 

Fine! These are great financial 
achievements. Thev prove that the 
members of the church have met their 
obligations. Always this should be 
done! The Bible says, "Owe no man 
any thing" (Rom. 13:8). (In this pas- 
sage, the Authorized Version seems 
to prohibit the Christian from con- 
tracting mortgages or business loans. 
The idea in the context is, pay your 
taxes and vour debts. Do not ignore 
or be careless about financial obliga- 
tions; as the Psalmist indicates, "The 
wicked borroweth, and payeth not 
again" [Ps. 37:21]. If it is a sin to be 
in debt, most churches through the 
centuries have had need for confes- 
sion.) This is a part of the Chris- 
tian's testimony and a point at which 
many individuals and churches have 
dishonored the Lord. The Christian 
should pay his debts. 

So, the church which pays off its 
debt according to terms is honoring 
God bv obeving His Word. But, 
trulv, is a consistently debt-free 
church to be desired? Is this some- 
thing to boast about per se? Or 
should every Bible-believing local 
church constantly be tapping its 
maximum financial resources for 
God? Every debt-free church and 
every church which has a debt but 
may not be using its full financial 
resources should consider these ques- 

To be in debt on the right basis 
and for the right purpose is honorable 
and Christian. It is dishonorable and 
unchristian when God's people or 
the church do not recognize and pay 
their debts. In fact, on the average, 
it is profitable to be in debt these 
days. First, individuals save taxes. 
(It is true that local churches do not 
pay taxes yet, so they do not have 
a tax deduction advantage.) Second- 

ly, \'ou may use the money of others 
which they have properly and fairly 
invested to make money for yourself. 
This is good business. 

However, churches may use 
money, borrowed from members or 
from a loan institution, for the exten- 
sion of the Lord's work and thus 
bring God's blessing on the church 
and glory to Him. This is a profitable 
venture in e\'ery way. 

Neither is being in debt a viola- 
tion of the Biblical principle of faith. 
Instead it manifests more faith in 
God in developing His work as the 
Holy Spirit directs and in meeting 
the planned needs of the church. 

Consider three important questions 
about the debt-free church. 

1. What might a deht-free church 
indicate Sfiritiially? 

a. It certainly may indicate a lack 

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of growth in the local church. Are 
souls being won to Christ and added 
to the assembly? Is the missionary 
vision of the church reaching into the 
community through the visitation pro- 
gram so that the Sunday school is 
growing? Even normal growth of a 
church in numbers would seem to 
suggest that unless the original 
church building was constructed 
much out of proportion to the size 
of the original nucleus, such a 
church would be facing a need for 
more money to increase its facilities 
at least by the time its original debt 
is paid. 

Such a church would no doubt 
need a revival spiritually. It has 
probably settled dov^'n in the me- 
chanics of church administration and 
forgotten that its primary business, in 
fact the reason for its existence, is 
missions. This includes a soul-win- 
ning program at home and also send- 
ing missionaries to America and the 

b. A debt-free church may also in- 
dicate a lack of vision in starting 
new churches. In an urban area an 
average church of two hundred mem- 
bers has its constituents scattered in 
every direction. Often these mem- 
bers v\'ill lose interest in the church 
because they are too far away to par- 
ticipate practically and financially in 
its program. They cannot hold office 
efficiently because they cannot at- 
tend all the meetings. It may also be 
that because of the size of this church 
enough leadership is already available 
so that scattered members are not 
needed in any leadership capacity. 
Yet, here is talent, perhaps ready to 
be dedicated to Christ and to be 
used in the establishment of new 
churches. This often results in mem- 
bers being lost to the local church and 
the denomination. Such people may 
completely cool off in spiritual tem- 

Yet these facts seem to generate lit- 
tle concern in the average church. It 
is just "one of those things" which is 
difficult to avoid. 

In any large American city today 
there are new housing areas. Some of 
these areas have no church of any 
type. Is the older church concerned 
about these thousands of lost souls? 
She should be concerned! 

It is clear that when a church be- 
gins to relax financially, it also re- 
laxes spiritually. There is usually less 
faith, less prayer, less soul-winning, 
and less missionary vision. 

By the same reasoning, when a 
church is in debt on a Biblical basis, 
it always prays more, gives more, and 
is more concerned about the spiritual 
condition of the people in its com- 

The material and spiritual aspects 
of church growth are inseparable. 

2. What might a deht-free church 
indicate materially? 

a. It may indicate a rich church. 
The financial resources of the mem- 
bers are great and they have not only 
paid their debt but they have money 
invested in different projects for the 
express purpose of making money. 

Through the history of the church 
since its establishment by Christ, rich 
churches have had a tendency to de- 
pend on themselves rather than on 
the Lord. This leads to a lack of 
missionary vision and also to spiritual 
poverty. The Laodicean church was 
increased with goods, but Jesus said 
it was "miserable, and poor, and 
blind" (Rev. 3:17). 

b. It might indicate a great finan- 
cial potential for Christ. If a church 
has paid its debt, it could at least be 
continuing those same payments in 
some other project. Otherwise, the 
maximum flow of dollars has been 
stopped and thus the Lord's work 
loses this much expansion potential. 
This is a great tragedy. 

3. What may a deht-free chitrch 
do for Christ? 

a. If it is a growing church, it can 
extend its own facilities as needed. 
When God answers prayer in behalf 
of lost souls and numbers in the 
church increase to the point that both 
church and educational facilities are 
taxed to capacity, the church should 
extend its building. If this is not 
done, the growth will inevitably 
"boomerang." The members of the 
church will say, "What's the use 
visiting? We haven't space for more 
people." The newcomers will say, 
"Why go to that church? Usually 
there are no seats available," Both of 
these attitudes will deal a hard and 
discouraging blow to the God-given 
growth of the church and seats will 

begin to be available. After this has 
happened, it is very difficult to re- 
vive the interest of both the members 
of the church and the members of 
the community. This is another illus- 
tration of the close connection be- 
tween the spiritual and material in 
church development. 

b. The debt-free church can help 
start a new church. This church 
which is really not tapping its fi- 
nancial resources can mother a branch 
church in some other section of the 
citv or county. It could give or at least 
lend some families to start the new 
church. It could borrow a substantial 
sum of money from a local loan in- 
stitution, buy a church location and 
give this property, free of debt, to 
the new church. Other assistances 
in personnel and leadership would 
make the establishment of a new 
church rapid and effective. Is there 
anything wrong or impractical about 
a church in Pennsylvania starting a 
new church even as far away as 
California and taking it as a project? 

If each new church could have the 
great financial advantage of a debt- 
free location or a substantial sum to 
start construction of a new building, 
the time of support would be greatly 
decreased. This would mean that 
both district and national organiza- 
tions would be able to use their re- 
sources to help more new churches 
in their development. 

c. The debt-free church can help 
to finance the purchase of property 
in areas planned for development 
when such property is priced at less 
than half its later cost. Such property 
is available all over America, especial- 
ly in large metropolitan areas. There 
is no question about the future de- 
velopment of these areas. Investment 
funds could be used for this purpose 
and the principal and interest pay- 
ments on these funds could be made 
by an older church. The financial 
benefit and impetus to a new church 
would be tremendous. 

From all of this we may conclude 
certain facts. 

1. If the local church has the 
proper spiritual and missionary vision, 
it seems that it should never be out 
of debt very long, if at all. 

2. It is clear that the local church 
and pastor hold in their grasp the 

March 20. 1965 

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power and potential either to extend 
the church or to allow it to stagnate. 
3. The above program could only 
result in increased giving and activity 
in the church extension program. The 
profit and glory to God would be 
inestimable. ▼ 

(HoTne-Tnission editor's note: A number 
of other magazines have requested per- 
Tnission to print the above article and a 
number of our Brethren have suggested it 
be reprinted. It is because of this interest 
that we are reprinting the article.) 

The Eager 



The Brethren of the Beaverton, 
Oregon, Grace Brethren Church are 
eager to get started with a building 
program on their new location. The 
six families comprising the group 
have two building contractors, and 
with the help of the others, you can 
expect a small, inexpensive chapel 
to be started soon. 

The Beaverton work has been a 
branch of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Portland, Oregon, and Rev. 
Neil Beerv will continue to supervise 
the work and preach on Sunday 
when the Sunday sen'ices are begun. 

The Bea\'erton work has now been 
organized. It was accepted by the 
Northwest District conference held 
February 24 to 26, and it has been 
accepted as a Brethren home-mission 

In addition to the help received 
from the mother church, the North- 
west District Mission Board has been 
helping toward the purchase of the 
church location. Lots for the proposed 
chapel are located in a new housing 
de^'elopmcnt expected to reach at 
least fifty thousand people. The more 
than three acres of property cost 
$8,000 and the district helped to re- 
duce this about one half. 

The Portland Brethren are just as 
eager to see their new branch develop 
and have given them every possible 
assistance. ▼ 


The Lord has ansv\'ered prayer by 
laying the burden of the Sacramento 
work upon the heart of Rev. Charles 
Martin, Johnson City, Tennessee. 
The Martins have accepted the 
unanimous call and plan to take up 
their ministry in this new field by 
Easter Sunday. 

The returns are coming in from 
the Sacramento Minute-Man letter. 
These will be used to help provide a 
full-time ministry. (Remember, they 
will need vour letter, too.) Again, we 
see the Lord ansv\'ering prayer by 
providing the support in addition to 
the pastor. 

Rev. Conard Sandy, the first pas- 
tor, is to be commended for the 
groundwork in preparation of the 
base for this new Brethren testimony. 
He has had to give over the work 
to another due to physical difficul- 

Rev. and Mrs. Charles Martin 

ties. Notes included with the Min- 
ute-Man gifts indicate people are still 
pra\'ing for Brother Sandy's recovery. 

Rev. Martin accepted the call to 
Johnson City, Tennessee, following 
graduation from Grace Theological 
Seminarv in May of 1959. It was dur- 
ing this ministry that the church 
completed a building addition and 
joined the other established churches 
as self-supporting. 

The Minute-Man letter suggested 
how easy it would be to help these 
Brethren "get on their feet" if each 
of the ten thousand Minute-Men sent 
in at least one dollar. One of our 
faithful Minute-Man supporters 
wrote with her gift, "I pray that 
9,999 others will send one dollar or 
more." Answer to this prayer will 
be the answer to a great need for 
these Sacramento Brethren. T 

Sacramento Brethren 

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Israel Calls . . . 

(Continued from -page 5) 

dences of their deep love for the lost 
sheep of the house of Israel and in- 
tense interest in the spiritual welfare 
of the Jew. Those who love the Lord 
Jesus could occupy no other position. 
Well, then, what is the reason for 
the attitude of the Jew, both saved 
and unsaved? What can we do to 
remedy the situation? In the coming 
months we will determine the answer 
to both these questions as we con- 

1. The religious background of the 
Jewish community. 

2. The relationship of the church 
to the Jewish community. 

3. The presentation of the gospel 
to the Jewish community. 

May God bless us with His 
wisdom as we enter into this studv- T 

Paving Project Pending 

An opportunity has opened for 
some greatly needed paving to be 
done at the Taos, New Mexico, mis- 
sion. Taos itself does not have facil- 
ities for blacktop paving, and thus 
this type of work must be done by 
an outside company. Such a company 
has been doing some work in Taos 
but has had to suspend operations 
during these severe winter months. 
But soon this paving company will 
be resuming operations and would 
get Taos out of the mud for $1,000. 
This figure is based on other cus- 
tomers' helping to share the expense 
of bringing the paving equipment 
into Taos. The figure would be much 
higher for a special trip to do just 
one job. 

Possibly the missionary can best 
present the need, so here is a quote 

from a recent letter. "Do we ever 
wish that we had the road and yard 
paved here! I don't remember in all 
the years I have been here seeing 
so much mud. We had rain all dur- 
ing January, followed by snow. The 
ground is full of moisture, but of 
course we need it. However, the mud 
is almost unbearable. It has been im- 
possible to keep the buildings clean 
no matter how hard we try. Cars 
have been getting stuck in our park- 
ing lot and requiring a truck to pull 
them out." 

The above words from Brother 
Horney adequately present the need, 
but the need now is for a sponsor or 
sponsors. It is an item that has not 
been included in the 1965 budget 
of The Brethren Home Missions 
Council, Inc. Will it continue to be 
a "project pending" or can we change 
it to "project pledged"? T 


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For further information write to: 

Brethren Investment Foundation, Inc. 

Box 587, Winona Lake, Indiana 

March 20, 1965 9 


CANTON, OHIO. Dick Krueger, 
evangelist, and Don Krueger, chalk 
artist, held evangelistic meetings at 
Grace Brethren Church in January. 
Average attendance for the meetings 
was 1 50, and there were 26 decisions 
for Christ. On Sunday, Feb. 21, 22 
persons received triune baptism and 
united with the church. John R. Dill- 
ing, pastor. 

speakers at Grace Brethren Church 
include Dr. James Bover, of Grace 
Seminary and College, in a prophecy 
conference; Mrs. Eleanor Beukema, 
of Child Evangelism Fellowship; Dr. 
Harold Etling, national Sundav- 
school director; and Rev. Arnold 
Kriegbaum, dean of students at Grace 
College, Winona Lake, Ind. On May 
2 of this year the church plans to 
celebrate its 75th anniversary and 
dedicate the recent improvements and 
new addition to the building. Any- 
one having information, historical 
data, or pictures that would be help- 
ful in writing a history of our oldest 
Brethren church in Michigan, please 
send them to Pastor S. Toroian, 
12591 Darby Rd., Clarksville, Mich. 

DENVER, COLO. On Feb. 14 
the annual "Lincoln Penny" Sunday 
was observed at the Denver Grace 
Brethren Church with the traditional 
"weighing in" ceremony in which the 
girls were competing against the boys. 
For the first time since the inception 
of the program, the boys surpassed 
the girls; their donations totaled 
$78.24, while the girls gave $55.43. 
The entire amount is given to the 
youth for their activities throughout 
the year. A pictorial prophetic confer- 
ence is to be held here March 7 
through 14, with Dr. Paul Bauman 
as the featured speaker. F. Thomas 
Inman, pastor. 

LEESBURG, IND. On Feb. 14 
Rev. and Mrs. Edward Mensinger, 
missionaries under appointment to 
Africa, spoke in the evening service 
at Leesburg Brethren Church. On 
the following Friday evening the 
church held their annual missionary 
birthday banquet; Rev. and Mrs. 
Scott Weaver, of Osceola, Ind., spoke 
and showed slides of their recent trip 
to Africa. Kenneth Koontz, pastor. 

rose Gardens Grace Brethren Church 
on Feb. 14 enjoyed as guest Sundav- 
school teacher Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, 
president of Grace Seminary and Col- 
lege, Winona Lake, Ind. Earle E. 
Peer, pastor. 

Robert Dell assumed the pastorate 
here on Jan. 17. Two Sunday-school 
classes gave the new pastor and his 
wife gifts of furniture, and the entire 
congregation welcomed them with a 
reception and household shower. The 
congregation, in turn, was invited to 
an open house at the parsonage on 
Valentine's Day. A two-day mission- 
ary conference was held Feb. 25 and 
26 with Dr. and Mrs. Jobson, Miss 
Mary Gripe, and Rev. Walter Haag. 

ASHLAND, OHIO. The Lancers, 
Grace College basketball team, fea- 
tured a basketball clinic at the Grace 
Brethren Church, Keen and Budd, 
on Feb. 19. All Brethren churches 
of the area were invited. After the 
clinic. Coach Richard Messner and 
the team conducted a youth challenge 

hour for the young people present. 
The following Sunday the Lancers 
conducted the evening service. At the 
close of the service eight persons were 
received into the membership of the 
church. The congregation recently 
surprised Pastor and Mrs. Mason 
Cooper with a gift of a deluxe re- 
clining chair in honor of their 24th 
wedding anniversary. 

14 the Conemaugh Brethren Church 
celebrated its 50th anniversary. Rev. 
Joe Gingrich spoke in the special 
afternoon service, and Rev. William 
Schaffer in the evening. Featured 
speaker for the following week was 
Rev. Paul Dick, pastor of the First 
Brethren Church, Winchester, Va. 
Other Brethren pastors participated 
in the anniversary services. Don 
Rager is pastor. 

breaking services were conducted 
Sunday afternoon, Feb. 28, to mark 
the beginning of construction of a 
9,000-square-foot educational build- 
ing. Dr. Charles W. Mayes was the 
guest speaker for the groundbreaking, 
and music was provided by a quartet 
and the Brethren elementary school 
choir. Estimated cost of the two-story 
structure is $100,000. It will provide 
a church fellowship hall seating 450 
and additional classrooms and offices 
for the expanding Christian day 
school and Sunday school. Howard 
W. Mayes is pastor. 


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FORT MYERS, FLA. The new Grace Brethren Church here was dedi- 
cated in an afternoon service Feb. 28. Rev. Ralph Colburn, of Fort Lauder- 
dale, Fla., presented the dedication message, and special music was supplied 
by the Fort Lauderdale choir, a trio, and Rev. Dean Risser, of Margate, Fla. 
The new building cost approximately $42,000, and the property cost $12,500. 
The approximate value now of building and property is $65,000. 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

recent business meeting First Breth- 
ren Church approved the selection 
of an expansion committee to begin 
work on plans for expansion of the 
present building facilities. Their total 
mission giving for 1964 was $16,900. 
Robert Griffith, pastor. 

Phillips held a four-day Bible con- 
ference at First Brethren Church 
March 7 to 10, illustrating his mes- 
sages with pictures taken on his re- 
cent tours of the Holy Land. Paul 
E. Dick, pastor. 

Charles M. Martin has resigned as 
pastor of Grace Brethren Church. 
He has accepted the call to become 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church 
of Sacramento, Calif., where he plans 
to begin his ministry April 25. 

TAOS, N. MEX. Rev. Sam Hor- 
ney, home-mission pastor, was re- 
cently involved in a butane gas ex- 
plosion in the mission guest house. 
Although he received some burns, 
his situation is not critical. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. Evangelis- 
tic services were held at the First 
Brethren Church March 7 to 14, 
with Rev. W. A. Steffler, father of 
the associate pastor, as special speaker. 
Special music was presented bv the 
White Sisters, Christian musicians 
and recording artists. James C. Sweet- 
on, pastor. 

ROANOKE, VA. The Southeast 
District winter youth rally was held 
at Clearbrook Brethren Church Feb. 
12 and 13. There were 165 in attend- 
ance on Friday night. The attendance 
banner was won by Covington, Va., 
young people; the Garden City, Va., 
quiz team won the Bible quiz. Henry 
L. Radford, pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Congratula- 
tions to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kemp, 
members of North Riverdale Breth- 
ren Church, who celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary Feb. 14. 
Richard Burch, pastor, 

liam Thompson, professor of speech 
and homiletics at Eastern Baptist 
Seminary, spoke morning and eve- 
ning in the Third Brethren Church 
Feb. 14. Robert Kern, pastor. 

A unique feature of the event was the 
use of a tractor-powered "shovel" for the 
actual groundbreaking. It was loaned by 
the Associated Equipment Rental Co. Pas- 
tor Gene KUngler is shown here breaking 
the first ground. 

Left to right: Mr. Bill Harper, builder; 
Rev. John Mayes, former pastor; Mr. E. E. 
Dale, building committee chairman; Pastor 
Gene Klingler; Dr. Charles Mayes, pastor, 
First Brethren Church of Long Beach; and 
T. E. Hastings, head usher. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. Groundbreaking services were held Sunday, 
Feb. 21, for the new Community Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach, 
located at Downey Ave. and 59th St. Construction will begin soon on the 
$80,000 first unit, which includes a 300-seat chapel and Sunday-school fa- 
cilities for 500. Construction of the compact combination A-frame and flat 
roof structure will be basically stucco and slumpstone, v\'ith exposed lami- 
nated arches accenting the sanctuary. Mr. Osmond T. Christensen, a mem- 
ber of the First Brethren Church, Long Beach, is the architect. 

The Community Grace Brethren Church, an outgrowth of the First 
Brethren Church, began in 1949 as a small Sunday school. In 1952, worship 
services began in the facilities of the Brethren High School, Paramount, 
and continued there until the church moved to provide adequate temporary 
facilities for the First Brethren Church, which was recently destroyed bv fire. 
The Community Grace Brethren Church (formerly Paramount Brethren) 
now meets temporarily in the Brethren elementary school in Paramount. Rev. 
Gene Klingler, pastor, is in his fifth year with the church. 

According to present plans, the new facilities will be in use by next Sep- 

Brigade of Grace Brethren Church 
took part in the Sunday evening serv- 
ice Feb. 14; Ray Dalton, business 
manager of Venture Magazine, v\'as 
the speaker of the evening. On the 
following Sundav the speaker in both 
services was Rev. R. F. Mcllnay, who 
presents both daily and weekly radio 
broadcasts in the area. Another radio 
speaker. Rev. Russell Blank, spoke 
in the morning worship service Feb. 
28, and Rev. Vern Rimling, a mis- 
sionarv to Alaska for 17 years under 
the Alaska Evangelization Society, 
spoke in a midweek prayer service. 
John Aeby, pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. North River- 
dale Brethren Church enjoyed the 
ministry of Jim Savage, Latin Ameri- 
can director of Youth for Christ, 

youth speaker, and trombonist, on 
Feb. 14. Richard Burch is pastor. 

VANDALIA, OHIO. The fourth 
anniversary of Vandalia Grace Breth- 
ren Church was celebrated Feb. 28 
with Rev. Arnold Kriegbaum, dean 
of students at Grace College, as guest 
speaker. Special music was presented 
by a group from Grace College, and 
a dinner followed by a special pro- 
gram v\'as held in the evening. Sher- 
wood Durkee, pastor. 

LANSING, MICH. Rev. and 
Mrs. Eddie Mensinger, missionary 
appointees to the Central African 
Republic, spoke at Grace Brethren 
Church Jan. 24. On Feb. 6 and 7 a 
Sunday-school conference was held 
by Dr. Harold Etling, of Winona 
Lake, Ind., for all Sunday-school 

March 20, 1965 


SPECIAL. On Feb. 27 the Grace College basketball team, the Lancers, 
completed their second winning season with an 89 to 87 double overtime 
victory over Trinity College of Chicago. The G-Men posted an 1 8 to 11 record 
for the year. Coach Richard Messner's players scored the most points of any 
college or university team in Indiana and possessed the fourth best record 
among small colleges. They finished second in the Mid-Central College Con- 
ference; first-place winner, Indiana Tech of Fort Wayne, won the cham- 
pionship bv beating Grace 90 to 87. The Lancers won the winner's trophy 
in two tourneys during the season, the Malone College (Ohio) invitational 
and Grace's own invitational at Thanksgiving. 

workers. Rev. Lester Pifer and Rev. 
Thomas Hammers, also of Winona 
Lake, were other recent speakers. 
On Feb. 14 six individuals were bap- 
tized. Evangelistic meetings were 
held Feb. 22 to 28 by Ding Teuling, 
widely-known chalk artist. J. Ward 
Tressler is pastor. 

Jehovah's Witness leader, Mr. Ted 
Dencher, spoke at all services of 
Grace Brethren Church on Feb. 28. 
During the past vear the church re- 
corded 50 first-time decisions, 102 
rededications, 45 people baptized, 
one volunteer for full-time Christian 
service, and 60 new members. Robert 
Collitt, pastor. 

services preceding and during their 
recent meetings with Dr. L. L. 
Grubb, First Brethren Church saw 
17 public decisions, two of which 
were professions of faith in Christ 
as Saviour. Jesse Deloe, Jr., pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. The day school 
board of Patterson Park Brethren 
Church has ^'oted to extend the pro- 
gram for the school vear 1965-66 to 
include the second grade. John Schu- 
macher is principal: Nathan Case- 
ment, pastor. 

science conference was held at Wood- 


ville Grace Brethren Church March 
5 to 7 by Dr. John Whitcomb, pro- 
fessor at Grace Seminary, Winona 
Lake, Ind. Special speaker in the 
morning and evening services Feb. 
28 was Joe Schultz. M. L. Myers, 

WASHINGTON, D. C. A foreign 
missionary rallv was held at the Grace 
Brethren Church of Greater Wash- 
ington Feb. 19 to 21, with mission- 
aries present representing the three 
fields of Africa, Argentina, and Mex- 
ico. James G. Dixon, pastor. 

and Mrs. Roy Glass, 1565 E. Pleasant 
Valley Blvd., Altoona, Pa. 16602. 
Rev. and Mrs. H. Leslie Moore, 

Box 296, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
Please change Annual. 

ALBANY, OREG. Guest speaker 
morning and evening at the Grace 
Brethren Church Feb. 21 was Dr. 
L. L. Grubb, secretary of the Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council, Inc. 
Nelson E. Hall, pastor. 

LA VERNE, CALIF. Rev. Doug- 
las Bray, v^'ho recently spent three 
and a half months on a tour around 
the world, was guest speaker Jan. 
19 at a dinner meeting of the men's 
club of First Brethren Church. Elias 
D. White, pastor. 

Well-known accordionist. Ami Hart- 
man, gave his testimony and pre- 
sented a musical program at Grace 
Brethren Church Feb. 21. Emlyn H. 
Jones, pastor. 

"WedMng BelU 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 

officiating minister. 

Donna Louise Smith and John 
Robert Neuhoff, Dec. 12, Jenners 
Brethren Church, Jenners, Pa. 

Carol Mohr and Charles Brom, 
Feb. 13, Rialto Brethren Church, 
Rialto, Calif. 

Linda Bunch and Dale Burkey,- 
Jan. 30, Grace Brethren Church, Elk- 
hart, Ind. 

Charlene Funk and David Dennis, 
Jan. 8, Community Brethren Church, 
Whittier, Calif. 

Nancv Thieme and Terry Flesher, 
March 6, First Brethren Church, Fort 
Wavne, Ind. 


Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Church Date Pastor Speaker 
Long Beach, Calif. 

(North) March 28-April 2 George Peek . Dr. Ralph Keiper 

Alexandria, Va. April 4-11 John Burns Richard Grant 
Ashland, Ohio 

(Keen & Budd) April 4-14 Mason Cooper Dr. Wm. Taylor 

Homerville, Ohio April 9-11 Robert Holmes Wavne Snider 

Martinsburg, Pa. April 11-18 John Terrell . Herb Hoover 

Vandalia, Ohio April 18-25 . Sherwood Durkee C. Ashman, Jr. 
Dayton, Ohio 

(N. Riverdale) May 2-9 Richard Burch Dr. H. Pugmire 

Beaumont, Calif. May 9-16 Miles Taber . . Leo Polman 

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Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in "wnriting by a pastor. 

IRONS, Mrs. Corda, 70, went 
home to be with her Lord on Dec. 
24. She had been a member of the 
Carlton Brethren Church, Garwin, 
Iowa, most of her Hfe. 

Milton Ryerson, pastor. 

JONES, Mrs. Agnes, a charter 
member of Grace Brethren Church, 
San Bernardino, Calif., died on Feb. 
17. Emlyn H. Jones, pastor. 

STAHL, Charles, was called home 
to be with the Lord Feb. 25. He had 
been a faithful member of the Cal- 
vary Brethren Church, Alto, Mich. 
Charles A. Flowers, pastor. 

SHOALS, Mrs. Lucy, 80, a mem- 
ber of the First Brethren Church of 
Bellflower, Calif., since 1947, went 
to be with the Lord on Feb. 12. Fu- 
neral services were held on Feb. 1 5 
with Rev. Ravmond Thompson and 
Rev. Harry Sturz officiating. 

Ravmond W. Thompson, pastor. 

L/TTER, Clare, 87, went to be 
with the Lord during Christmas 
\'\'eek. He was a long-time (26 years) 
friend of Grace Brethren Church, 
Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Simon Toroian, pastor. 

NELSON, William, went to be 
\\'ith the Lord on Jan. 26. He was a 
long-time member of the Fremont 
Avenue Brethren Church, South 
Pasadena, Calif. 

Douglas Bray, pastor. 

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In the midst of preparing for a 
business trip abroad, my wife and I 
were brought up short by a headhne 
in the paper: 

"No Survivors in Trans-Oceanic 
Plane Crash!" 

"Carol," I said, "we'll both be 
traveling on the same plane. What if 
that should happen to us? What 
about the children?" 

Neither of our parents were phys- 
ically able to care for them. My sister 
and brothers were not Christians and 
so could not perpetuate the children's 
spiritual heritage, and my wife Carol 
was an only child. 

Money wasn't our problem. We 
were far from wealthy, but reason- 
able planning could stretch our in- 
surance to see our children cared for 
and helped through college. Our 
big concern was to find the right 
person to look after them. We want- 
ed them reared by a Christian 
couple who would love them as their 
own and see that they got sound 
Christian teaching. 

That night when the kids were in 
bed, Carol and I placed the matter 
before the Lord in prayer. A week 
later, settled in our hearts that God 
had directed us to the couple to 
whom we could entrust this high re- 
sponsibilitv, we made a long-distance 
call, and they gave their sincere ap- 

Greatly relieved, we settled down 
to work out the legal details so that 
our Christian friends would be sure 
to get the care of the children, and 
that our money would be readilv 
available to them for the children's 

When we approached a lawyer, 
however, he called our attention to 
the fact that this was part of a bigger 

"We'll have to make out a will," 
he said. 

"Isn't there some other way?" I 
protested. "We're not wealthy enough 
to bother about a will." 

"Too many people feel that way," 
he answered. "It is just as important 
for a person of moderate means to 
have a will as it is for a wealthy 
couple. Certain administrative costs 
are fixed. In cases where there is no 
will, they often eat up an exorbitant 
percentage of the estate." 

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Our lawyer went on: "I wish it 
were possible for me to show you my 
files so you could see some of the 
tangles estates can get in. And the 
worst of it is that the end result is 
often far from what the individual 
actually wanted." 

I thought of people and situations 
I had known. There was the sweet, 
God-fearing widow whose life had 
been a benediction for as long as I 
could remember. When she died 
without either children or a will, a 
blaspheming, liquor-drenched neph- 
ew, who had not even shov\'n up for 
the funeral, swaggered into to\\'n 
long enough to collect her sizable 

Then there v\'as the couple who 
had slaved together for more than 
thirtv years in a little cafe. The wife 
contributed as much to its modest 
success as the husband. When he 
died, however, his children bv a for- 
mer marriage forced the sale of her 
onlv means of livelihood so they 
could collect their two thirds of what 
the cafe was worth. Onlv one third 
of what she had helped to build re- 
mained hers. 

In our own case, I realized that if 
something had happened to both 
Carol and me before making a will, 
our children would likely have been 
raised in a way that is not pleasing 
to God. The court could have taken 
one look at the big, respectable— but 
godless— homes of my close relatives 
and decided that they could do an 
acceptable job of caring for our 

If onlv I died, Carol might be 
caught in the same one-third, two- 
thirds traps that caught the older 
widow. Two thirds of our assets 
would be held for the children. She 
would have to go to court to be ap- 
pointed legal guardian and would 
account regularly for how she spent 
every penny. Each accounting would 
bleed away a little more in legal fees 
and court costs. 

If we had had no children, mv 
brothers and sisters, regardless of 
their own financial condition, could 
have stepped in for a share of what 
belonged to my wife. 

We were somewhat surprised in 
our investigation to learn how few 

Christians remember the Lord's work 
in planning their estates. 

"It has been our experience," one 
Christian leader said, "that not more 
than one in one hundred leaves any- 
thing to God's work. I'm not talking 
about the nominal 'Sunday Chris- 
tian,' either. I mean consecrated men 
and women, manv of whom tithed 
their income when they were alive." 

From our observation and research, 
we have come to the conclusion that 
manv people want to leave a portion 
of the fruit of their life's labors to 
God, and fully intend to. They just 
don't get around to it— like an ac- 
quaintance of ours. 

"I'm going to see someone and get 
mv affairs in order," he kept saving. 
"I want mv church to have a good 
chunk of my estate." 

But he was in good health, so 
there was no hurry. Besides, there was 
something a little unpleasant about 
thinking of the time of his death, so 
he kept putting it off. 

Then a heart attack swept him 
awav in a matter of minutes, and a 
flock of godless distant relatives 
swarmed in to swallow up his sizable 
holdings and squabble over the bones. 

How different it \\'ould have been 
had he carried out his plans. 

Some Christian leaders advocate 
the establishment of a living trust or 
a trust growing out of a brief will. 
There are a number of ways in which 
trusts mav be set up, each designed to 
serve a different purpose. They can 

be revocable or irrevocable. In some, 
property or funds must be held, and 
only the proceeds used. In others, 
property cannot be sold until after a 
specified number of years or a given 
date. In still others, there is no con- 
trol on the disposition of the prop- 
erty or funds held in trust once legal 
title is held. In most cases, full use, 
control, and income from such prop- 
erty is retained for the lifetime of the 

We learned that banks have spe- 
cial departments for the handling of 
trusts. And many Christian organ- 
izations have departments for counsel 
with Christians regarding this and 
other methods of estate planning. 

The important thing, however, is 
for Christians to get their financial 
and family affairs in order. It is so 
much better for you to do it, under 
God's guidance, than for strangers or 
strictly legal interests. And everyone 
—except the selfish and grasping on- 
lookers—will be happier. 

— Copyright 1963, Scripture Press 

Publications, Inc.. Wheaton, Illinois. 

Reprinted by permission from 

Power for Living. 

(Editor's -note: Rev. Leo Polman, 
director of the Brethren Financial 
Planning Service, specializes in 
estate planning, investments, annui- 
ties, hequests, trusts, deeds, and 
wills. He will be ha-pfj to counsel 
with you on any of these subjects. 
His address is 202 Ammunition Road, 
Fallbrook, California.) 

Oh, Father God 

Oh, Father God, it seems that I can see, 

A lonely road that led to Calvary; 

A hea\fy cross that no one wished to bear, 

A broken heart that no one else could share. 

Oh, Father God, in tears I come to Thee 

To thank Thee for the love Thou hast for me. 

Oh, Father God, please take away my fear 
And let me feel Thy loving presence near. 
Thou gavest all from death to set us free; 
Dear Holy One, let Thy light shine in me. 
Oh, Father God, through tears my heart can see 
There's nothing like the love Thou hast for me. 

E. C. Leidy 


March 20, 1965 


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By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, President 

Grace Theological Semiiiary and College 

The Heart of Christianity 

At the heart of Christianity there is the incarnation, 
death, and resurrection of Christ. The incarnation marks 
the union of the unseen with the seen, the supernatural 
with the natural, the infinite with the finite, the divine 
with the human. The incarnation is that event which 
made it possible to effect the redemption of lost humanity. 
Within flesh it was possible for the di\'ine transaction of 
expiation of sin and the subsequent resurrection which 
constituted the seal of divine approval. The response of 
lost men to these historical facts determines eternal des- 

The Ecumenical Approach 

But, alas, the twentieth-centurv approach to Christian- 
ity has created an entirely new atmosphere. The new 
theological principles have provided a pattern of think- 
ing that removes the historical events of 1900 years ago 
from the realm of existence. As a matter of fact no such 
events ever occurred, it is argued. But as a matter of faith, 

it is perfectly in order for such symbols as pivots for think- 
ing. This method of rationalizing in religious areas has 
made it possible to bring together hostile segments of 
Christendom and hasten the movement toward the one 
superchurch. This explains how it was possible for a 
Catholic priest in an interfaith meeting to lead in the 
singing of Luther's hymn, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our 

The Unlversallsm of Today 

In order to promote the ecumenical movement, a theo- 
logical foundation had to be laid. This foundation had 
to include the universal fatherhood of God and the 
brotherhood of man. It had likewise to exclude any 
article of faith that would separate segments of Christen- 
dom or pronounce an eternal doom upon men. This has 
been very effectively handled now in the universalism 
being propagated. This ultimately removes the stigma 
from men as sinners, and the cross becomes merely in- 
cidental, in no sense essential. Thus the separating bar- 
riers of the past 1900 years are disappearing, and the 
progress toward the superchurch is moving forward with 
greater speed. 

The New Theological Atmosphere 

The new approaches and theological reasonings are 
creating an atmosphere in which all of us are living. 
In a very subtle way this atmosphere is taking its toll 
among true believers, and they are unaware of its devastat- 
ing effects. To the Early Church the historical facts of 
Christianity dictated personal response. This response was 
total involvement in the task of propagating the Christian 
faith. Today there is only a token involvement, if there is 
any involvement at all. It is enough to assuage the con- 
science of fulfilled responsibility, but it is not sufficient 
to produce any dedications of life, any sacrifice of per- 
sonal ambitions, any separations from sin, unbelief, com- 
pany, family, homeland in order that "the faith . . . once 
delivered unto the saints" might be preserved, per- 
petuated, and propagated. 

The Laodicean Period Is Here? 

It is very easy for believers in the conservative wing of 
Christian profession to read the characterization of the 
Laodicean church and insist that this describes the liberal 
area of the church. But is this true? Is it not more than 
likely that the liberal church is not at all in view? Are not 
conservatives uttering words that mean substantially 
what Christ declared \\'as being said by the members of 
the Laodicean church: "I am rich, and increased with 
goods, and have need of nothing" (Rev. 3:17)? Where 
there is such self-sufficiency, there is bound to be luke- 
warmness, a certain nauseating indifference that pro- 
duces revulsion in the Saviour to the point of spewing 
them out of His mouth. There is a remedy for this 
situation, and at this Eastertide it would be well for all 
those who claim to be God's people to look again at 
those momentous events which stand at the source of 
the church (Rev. 3:18-20). T 

March 20, 1965 



.artin Luther, the German reformer, thundered the 
following regarding higher institutions of learning: 

"I am much afraid the universities will prove to be 
the great gates to hell, unless they diligently labor to 
explain the Holy Scriptures and to engrave them upon 
the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child 
where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every in- 
stitution where men are not unceasingly occupied with 
the Word of God must become corrupt." 

The Crisis on Our Campuses 



'r. John A. Logan is the president of Hollins College, 
Roanoke, Virginia. This article, "The Crisis on Our Cam- 
puses," is reprinted by permission of Reader's Digest, 
Town and Country, and the author. 

Every college faces the pressure that is suggested 
by Dr. Logan, in one form or another, and to varied 
degrees. However, the Word of God is very specific on 
this point, and the Christian philosophy of education is 
the only absolute answer to these acute problems. Edu- 
cation must begin in the home. Parents must instill in 
their children, by teaching and example, clear measures 
of right and wrong values. 

On American campuses, almost every college administration reports 
increasing pressure from students to relax rules and regulations on smok- 
ing, drinking, cars, visiting hours and curfev^s, while the v^hole question of 
how far the college should act in loco parentis has been the subject of heat- 
ed debate. We are thus confronted with demands for more freedom in the 
face of a declining acceptance of morality. 

Tremors from these seismic disturbances have reached Hollins in the 
form of a widespread concern about the efficacy of the honor system. It 
seems to be generally conceded that infractions of the rules go unreported 
and therefore unpunished, and that there is a general disinclination to tell 
on anyone else — to be one's sister's keeper. I have heard it argued that obe- 
dience to the letter and spirit of the honor code should be a matter of indi- 
vidual conscience, not of corporate responsibility. Presumably, if an indi- 
vidual does not agree with a rule or with the system, no one ought to force 
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Any system that leaves it to every 
individual to decide whether a rule 
is just or unjust is no system at all, 
but anarchv. It is like having a crimi- 
nal code in which the murderer de- 
cides whether he has committed an 
offense. An honor system differs 
from any other regulatory mechanism 
only in the mode of enforcement. It 
is enforced by the subjects them- 
selves rather than by external au- 
thority. The concept of honor grew 
out of the medieval code of chivalry 
in a steeply hierarchical society, and 
the essence of honor was the notion 
of an obligation to one's class not to 
bring disgrace upon others by im- 
proper behavior. In the kind of de- 
mocracy that has evolved in this 
country, such a sense of corporate re- 
sponsibility may be an anachronism. 
But I believe that some conflict exists 
between certain contemporary cur- 
rents in American democratic thought 
and practice and the idea of a self- 
enforcing honor code. 

At the center of this problem is the 
generally sorry condition of the 
American family as a focus of moral 
authority. Haunted by ill-digested 
Freudian strictures against parental 
repression, bedeviled by the "pro- 
gressive" cult of self-expression, urged 
toward permissiveness and beguiled 
by false doctrines of family demo- 
cracy, parents have too often abdi- 
cated their responsibility for setting 

standards of behavior and limitations 
on their children's freedom of action. 
Afraid of inducing trauma, or of be- 
ing unpopular with their children's 
friends, they have yielded to demands 
for privileges and liberties that are 
clearly harmful. 

In so doing, these adults rob their 
children of an essential part of their 
education by failing to provide clear 
measures of right and wrong and 
values based on something firmer 
than the whims of the crowd. It is 
an ethic which says that because 
many people are doing something, it 
is normal, therefore right. 

It must be made clear that rules 
are made to protect young people 
from hurting themselves, not simply 
to keep them from having fun. We 
must rid ourselves of the notion that 
fun is an end in itself, rather than a 
by-product of doing hard things well, 
or we will transform ourselves into 
a society of adolescents. 

We must also beware of the preva- 
lent and pernicious misconception 
that democracy implies absolute 
equality and that any denial of equal 
worth is un-American. Democracy 
means equal rights before the law 
and equal opportunity for individual 
development to the limit of one's po- 
tential; democracy emphatically does 
not imply that everyone has the same 
potential, that knowledge and expe- 
rience are not to be valued above 
ignorance and inexperience, and that 

every man's judgment is sovereign 
and that every opinion is as good as 
every other. In other words, democ- 
racy does not deny the principle of 
authority in the enforcement of rules, 
so long as everyone has recourse to 
peaceful methods of changing the 

I have been accused of old-fogyism 
for advocating a return to the "out- 
moded" concept that "father knows 
best." Of course parents are not in- 
fallible, but the odds are with them. 
The "right to make one's own mis- 
takes" is an absurd rallying cry. We 
all make mistakes unavoidably, but 
what is the use of studying the his- 
tory of human society if each genera- 
tion must repeat the errors of the 

Paradoxical though it may seem, 
true freedom comes through commit- 
ment—commitment to people, to 
ideas, to causes greater than oneself. 
Freedom lies in being able to choose 
an area of engagement and intense 
interest; it cannot be found in aim- 
less hedonism or irresponsible drift. 
The joys of freedom reside in using 
one's powers to the full in the service 
of some worthy enterprise that com- 
mands all one's conviction and devo- 
tion. We are happiest when we are 
fully used. Every enduring achieve- 
ment of mankind is the product of a 
disciplined mind and will and 
imagination. ▼ 


April 2—18 

Sun. II, a.m.— York, Pa. 
First Baptist Church, Sun. 11, p.m.— Lancaster, Pa. 

Mon. 12, Washington, D. C. (unconfirmed) 

Tues. 13, Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 

Wed. 14, Buena Vista, Va. 

Thurs. 15, Covington, Va. 

Fri. 16, Martinsburg, W. Va. 

Sat. 17, Travel 

Sun. 18, Dayton, Ohio, a.m.— Grace 

Sun. 18, Dayton, Ohio, p.m.— First 

Fri. 2, Wooster, Ohio 

Sun. 4, Detroit, Mich., a.m. 
Northville, Mich. 

Sun. 4, Allen Park, Mich., p.m.— Intercity 

Mon. 5, Cleveland, Ohio 

Tues. 6, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 

Wed. 7, Listie, Pa. 

Thurs. 8, Johnstown, Pa. (Geistown) 

Fri. 9, Altoona, Pa. (Juniata— unconfirmed) 

Sat. 10, York, Pa. (Y.F.C.-unconfirmed) 

March 20, 1965 



Natural Sciences 
at Grace 

By Carl Cripe, M.S. 


Science and Mathematics 

Currently one of the most under- 
developed areas in the Grace College 
curriculum is the natural sciences. 
However, we have made a beginning 
in this area. In fact, we have gone 
bevond a beginning. In addition to 
the non-laboratory courses, which in- 
clude Biological Science Sur\'ey, 
Phvsical Science Survey, Anatomy, 
Physiology, Conservation, and Phys- 
ical Geography we offer at least the 
basic first year laboratory course in 
chemistry, physics and biology. 

In biology we have James Over- 
man, who has a master's degree in 
biochemistry from the University of 
Michigan, teaching the first year 
course. He is with us part time while 
attending seminary. 

Dr. Jesse Humberd, with a Ph.D. 
in math education from Ohio State 
University, is teaching in this area as 
well as in the area of pure math- 
ematics. However, having had expe- 
rience in the teaching of physics on 
the high-school and college levels, he 
also finds time to teach the basic 
physics course. 

In chemistry we have progressed 
somewhat beyond the first year 
course. This is the seventh year that 
the beginning course has been of- 
fered and it is my fifth year of teach- 
ing it. In addition to this, we now 
offer a minor in chemistry which in- 
cludes a year course in organic chem- 
istry and a semester course in quanti- 
tative analysis. Upon demand, we 
plan to offer a semester course in 
elementary physical chemistry and 
a beginning course, roughly parallel 
to high-school chemistry, for students 
who have an inadequate background 
and for those who intend to take no 
further chemistry. Currently our 
chemistry faculty numbers one, his 
academic qualifications being a mas- 
ter's degree in chemistry from San 
Jose State College in California. 

As for facilities we have one fairly 
large room equipped minimally as a 
laboratory. This we affectionately 
call "the lab." One small classroom 
and two supply rooms which open 
into the laboratory are also used. 
The laboratory furniture represents 

approximately a six thousand dollar 
investment. The laboratory supplies, 
including large items of equipment, 
microscopes, glassware, other hard- 
ware, and chemicals run in the neigh- 
borhood of another six thousand dol- 

As we look at today in the light 
of seven years ago and realize that the 
totality of accomplishments have been 
on a somewhat less than lavish budget 
we are thankful. But as we look to 
the future we are humbled. We trust, 
however, that within a five-year pe- 
riod we will have a new science 
building on the Grace campus. 

It is fairly sane and conservative 
thinking to say that ten years from 
now a fully accredited liberal arts col- 
lege of approximately 750 students 
(\\'hich Grace proposes to be) should 
have or offer the following in the 
natural sciences: 

1. A major in two of the sciences 
of biology, chemistry and physics. 

2. A strong supporting curriculum 
in the other of the three areas. 

3. Basic laboratory courses in at 


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least astronomy and geology. 

4. A minimum of five full-time per- 
sonnel, with at least two, and pref- 
erably more, having the Ph.D. degree. 

5. A science building representing 
a $350,000 to $400,000 investment to 
house this department. 

6. Fully equipped laboratories in 
such a building. 

How does all this relate to you? If 
you are a prospective college student 
it could relate very definitely to you. 
As you survey the college situation 
prior to making a choice, we hope 
that vou will consider Grace. Part of 
the general education requirement 
for all students at Grace is one year 
of a laboratory science. Furthermore, 
as of now, all education programs 
(elementary and secondarv) must in- 
clude 15 semester hours of work in 
the science department. This is seven 
hours in addition to the vear of labo- 
ratory science. The 15-hour block of 
work meets the new state requirement 
for teacher certification. Also in the 
area of education we are certified bv 
the state to offer a phvsical science 

Another point of possible interest 
to the prospective student would be 
the bachelor of science in nursing 
program. The student graduating in 
this program must be an R.N. with 
tv\'o years' of college work in the 
science and general education areas. 

We cannot offer a full-fledged pre- 
medical curriculum at this point be- 
cause of our weakness in biology and 
the lack of appropriate majors. The 
usual ones are chemistry and biologv. 

You can see that the future pos- 
tulates a change in this situation. 
However, we have had in the past, 
and currently have, premedical stu- 
dents. Such students may complete 
their chemistry, physics and general 
education requirements at Grace. 

They will be lacking in the area of 
zoology requirements and an ap- 
propriate science major. This means 
that a premedical student may come 
to Grace for one or two years and 
then transfer to another school. Such 
a student should be well aware of the 
requirements of the medical school of 
his choice and the undergraduate 
college to which he wishes to trans- 
fer. Much the same thing could be 
said concerning predental and pre- 
veterinary curricula. 

These are some of the thinps that 

the Grace College science depart- 
ment could at present mean to you as 
a prospective college student. We 
have presented our plans for the fu- 
ture and have set the time for achieve- 
ment as 1975. We expect, therefore, 
that the intervening ten vears will 
witness rapid change. We hope that 
the report on the present state of 
science at Grace will be outdated as 
early as next year. Pray with us con- 

cerning the future. Plans such as 
those presented here only postulate 
achievement. They do not accom- 
plish it. 

Ho\\' does this relate to you if you 
are currently a Brethren college stu- 
dent and are majoring or planning 
to major in one of the sciences? 
Here the answer need not be lengthy. 
Have you considered the possibility 
that ten years from now, or sooner, 
you could be one of the much need- 
ed additions to the Grace Gollege 
science facultv? Will 3'on consider 
this possibility? 

Many who read this may be nei- 
ther prospective students nor prospec- 
tive teachers. Hovv'ever, we feel that 
what has been said can relate to you. 
You may be interested in the private 
institution aspect of Grace Gollege. 
You may wish to see such institutions 
increase in strength and quality. You 
may be interested in the small college 
aspect of our school. You may be- 
lieve, with manv, that a small school 
can integrate into a college educa- 
tion factors missing in the larger 

You may be interested in Grace 
because it is a Christian school. You 
may feel that we need more in the 
field of higher education who are 
standing for the faith. Your interest 
may also include the fact that Grace 
is a Brethren school. You may feel 
that a fellowship such as ours ought 
to have at least one institution of 
higher education. 

You may be specifically interested 
in the advancement of science, and 
we invite vou to consider its advance- 
ment at our college an important part 
of the whole. We invite all who 
share our interests and aspirations to 
make common cause with us in the 
advancement of Christian education. 

March 20, 1965 




It is somewhat simple to identify 
the problems in education but quite 
another matter to suggest satisfac- 
tory solutions. Still these solutions are 
necessary if we are going to move 
ahead in school and church relation- 
ships. The problems I am recogniz- 
ing are as follows: 

The Nature of the Child 

The books that I have read on 
child psychology or pedagogy indi- 
cate that the educator wants to know 
about the original nature of the 
child. His contention is that the more 
he knows about the individual, the 
better he can help him in directing 
a program of education. Thus he 
asks, is he essentially evil, good, or 
neither. Suggestions have gone from 
one extreme to another until today 
A'ou are apt to find the author of some 
text taking his stand on the neutral 
side. Seldom can you find literature 
indicating the truth of the original 
state as expressed in the Genesis ac- 
count of creation. Yet we need to 
give some attention to that state 
when our original parents were free 
from sin and dwelt in innocence in 
the Garden. Then came the Fall 
with its accompanying curse which 
has been passed on to all mankind. 
Once this explanation is made, one 
should be more concerned about the 
fallen nature than the original nature. 
Perhaps this is what the educator has 
in mind in referring to the inherited 
equipment the child brings with him 
into the world at birth. 

Froebel and others believed chil- 
dren to be sparks of divinitv who 
needed only encouragement to be 
angelic in behavior. They would de- 
velop properly if the environment 
were good. History tells us that this 
optimism was not well founded. 
Froebel had his heart broken as he 
saw some go v\'rong in whom Jie had 
trusted for better things. These were 
children who presumably never had 
a definite encounter with the Lord, 
an encounter which we call conver- 
sion or regeneration. 

The schools generally assume chil- 
dren to be neither basically good nor 
evil. This gives great hope for edu- 
cation, if it is so, because through 
education we can remake the world 
into \\hat we desire by working with 
the children. As a matter of fact, the 
problem is not that simple. 

Scripture still seems pertinent on 
this point. Even though we may not 
choose to talk about the depraved 
nature, wishing rather to dignify it 
with some euphemism, it is still com- 
mon to all humans. Sooner or later 
this spirit of disobedience or rebel- 
lion will crop up in the individual. 
The texts I have in mind are Psalms 
51:5, 58:3, Isaiah 53:6, Job 14:1 to 
4, Romans 3:10, and Ephesians 2:3. 

It seems only sensible that our pro- 
gram of education in the church 
should start with the reality and the 
imperative nature of the new birth. 
Children need to have a relationship 
to the Lord on a personal basis. If we 
are exercised about this we will go 
a long way in solving other problems 
that are bound to appear. 

The Problem of Dropouts 

The public school has met this 
problem in the past by enforcing 

By Dr. Norman Uphouse 

Professor of Education 

Grace College 

compulsory school attendance laws. 
This keeps most youth in school until 
15 to 16 or 17. Of course this will not 
work for the church. We use moral 
persuasion but not legal persuasion. 
It is interesting to note that the pub- 
lic schools do not rely on law alone to 
increase their holding power. They 
have become more conscientious in 
using the best methods of motiva- 
tion. Schoolmen know you can lead 
a horse to water but you cannot make 
him drink; equally true it is that you 
can send a child to school but you 
cannot make him think. Schools 
should not be drab and dull. One 
cannot justify a situation that is un- 
interesting and impractical. Schools 
should be exciting and practical. I 
am almost adamant in my stand that 
school need not be drudgery. Teach- 
ers have a definite challenge to be 
experts in understanding and apply- 
ing best methods of psycholog^'. 
They set the pace. Their contagious 
interest in the subject will rub off 
and the student will talk about his 
best-liked teacher rather- than his 
most disliked subject. 

The dav of the stereotype teacher 
who was cranky, disagreeable and un- 
fair is gone from the American scene. 
Teachers know they must be friendly 
while firm, humane while business- 
like. They must be smooth operators 
in human relations. 

The church school and the sermon 
have the same problem of increasing 
holding power. Statistics show a 
frightful drop in interest and attend- 
ance among teen-agers. I think we 
must accept it as a challenge to try 
to reverse the trend. General par- 
ticipation helps generate interest. If 
\'outh become involved they are more 
likely to stay on. One youth in a rally 
said the reason the youth forsake the 
church is that they find nothing 
unique there. Well! We have some- 
thing unique and we ought to put it 
forth. Long, dry sermons probably ac- 
complish some good among a few 
adults, but they disregard the needs 
of the adolescent. We will come 


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closer to the solution of the problem 
of dropouts with messages that are 
to the point, crisp and practical to 

Testimonies have come from sum- 
mer camp programs indicating the 
value of decision and commitment 
made in the open and away from the 
rush and fuss of ordinary life. These 
commitments are often effective and 

The Struggle for Autonomy 

From the start of our public school 
system it was intended that the 
schools should be kept close to the 
people. As early as our revolutionary 
war days, our founding fathers saw 
the danger of a national system of 
education with centralized control. 
Nevertheless attempts were made to 
set up a national university. Even 
this came to nothing because there 
was a strong feeling it would open 
the way. for a powerful national sys- 
tem of education. One only needs to 
review what Hitler did with educa- 
tion in Germany or what the Com- 
munists are doing in Russia or Red 
China to see the dangers of central- 
ized power, especially when it falls 
into the wrong hands. 

Some provision was made to set 
up checks and balances in our gov- 
ernment when the three branches 
were established. Now the executive, 
legislative and judicial branches sup- 
plement each other. 

The church has faced the matter 
of fragmentation by subscribing to 
ecumenicity. There is no doubt that 
splinter groups have gone off to 
ridiculous ends and have added to 
the present confusion in the churches. 
But we need to be reminded that 
this was due in part to a reaction to 
powerful state churches in Europe. 
More particularly was this true in 
countries where Roman Catholicism 
held sway. Reformers and dissenters 
started little groups here and there 
to voice dissatisfaction against the 
corruption and superstition in the 
state-approved church. 

We still li\-e in a day when we can 
observe what happens to a country of 
one church. Spain, Columbia and 
other South American countries pre- 
sent pictures from which we would 
shrink. At least we do not want it 

to happen here. The question seems 
to be how far v\'ill this union go? 
Will a well meaning person be forced 
to give up precious beliefs and doc- 
trines or will persecution set in again? 
There is no doubt a national council 
of churches or a world church could 
streamline efforts to get the job done. 
Thev can cut out proliferation and 
duplication. Thev can merge semi- 
naries and publishing houses. Sav- 
ings can be made as one office does 
the work of two. Perhaps this is what 
we \\'ant. But is it worth it if we 
put all our eggs in one basket and 
ha^'e an accident? Thus it seems we 
are assuming a lot in working toward 
a world church in this age. We hope 
the leadership will be capable and 
worthy. If anything less happens we 
ha^•e no recourse but to sink with the 

What about the little established 
groups that do not join the big mer- 
ger? What pressures will be brought 
on them? If these become severe will 
we have martyrs again in civilized 

The Problem of Church and State 

The schools are trying to maintain 
a separation but historically they were 
not so. Churches and churchmen 
were very active in school affairs 
from the start in this country. The 
go\'ernment showed the same in- 
terest. Many of these activities exist 
to the present. Congress is opened 
with prayer. Our money still carries 
the statement, "In God we trust." 
The President still takes the oath of 
office using the Bible. Chaplains are 
appointed by the government for the 
armv, and prisons still secure the 
services of chaplains. Van Deusen 
commented on this by saving that it 
is a strange thing that the Bible can 
be taken into the prison cell but not 
into the classroom. He continues by 
saying that if we could reach the 
children early in life we might pre- 
vent the crime that would take them 
to jail. 

Let us not be fooled on this mat- 
ter; the moment religion is declared 
illegal in the public schools, irreligion 
wiW have a heyday. The evolutionist 
keeps on circulating his theory in op- 
position to the Genesis account of 

creation. The atheist enjoys a free- 
dom in promoting his unbelief in 
schools. In one situation, I was told 
by a graduate dean in a Catholic uni- 
versity that they opposed Bible in 
the public schools because thev felt 
it was the right of parochial schools 
to teach religion. Once they had the 
Bible out of the public schools, they 
could build up their own enrollment 
by telling their people the public 
schools had gone pagan and all Cath- 
olic children ought to be sent to 
Catholic schools. 

One school principal said he had 
Bible and devotions right along in his 
school and everything was fine. He 
declared he was a believer and had 
an acti\'e part in one of the local 
churches. The time came when he 
was visited by two people from the 
community, one an atheist and one 
a Roman Catholic. Thev threatened 
him if he continued Bible in the 
school. They said he would have a 
law-suit on his hands and probably 
lose his job. Not wanting trouble and 
unsavor\' publicity he decided to stop 
all Bible reading and praj'er in the 
school. (If we should object to the 
teaching of evolution in the school, 
I ^yonder whether they would stop it.) 
Do we not have as much right to 
speak up on the kind of education 
our children get as a few opponents 
of religion? Since when did de- 
mocracy grant the right to a disgrun- 
tled minority to determine the pro- 
gram for the majority? 

It seems to me we will be mis- 
understood and hardly appreciated if 
we take a clear-cut stand on the 
power of the gospel to save. This 
may be less likely for preachers than 
for teachers. We know the world is 
not more friendly than it was when it 
was said of God's people that the 
world was not worthy of them. 

My philosophy is to speak up for 
Christ even though it may be un- 
popular. My conviction is that He is 
on the winning side in an age-long 
struggle and some day we shall see 
the church militant become the 
church triumphant with righteous- 
ness covering the earth as the waters 
cover the sea. At that time we shall 
be glad we did what we could for 
the Lord and be able to rejoice with 
God's people without interruption. T 

March 20, 7965 







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Mrs. Mary Buchanan 

Mrs. Martha McNickle 

Mr. and Mrs. Don Millington 2 

Rev. and Mrs. Robert Ashman 5 

Mrs. Sebert Moran 1 

Mrs. E. E. Spears 3 Mrs. Robert Cockrell 

Mrs. Edison K. Yoder 1 Misses Ava and Carla Wigal 

Mrs. E. Y. Eaker 1 Mrs. Irene Wigal 

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Jackson 3 Mr. Elmer Harris 

Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Porter 6 Mrs. R. A. McGuire 

Rev. and Mrs. Alva Conner 2 

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Watson i 
Rev. and Mrs. Ralph Wiley 2 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Newton 

Mrs. Willard Secaur 

Mrs. John E. Hillard 

Edna Brandenburg 

Miss Donna Kay Bowser 

Mr. and Mrs. Erwin George 

Helen D. Anderson 

Rev. and Mrs. C. A. Flowers 

Mr. and Mrs. Earle R. Cole 2 

Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Kirkpatrick 2 

Velma White 2 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Jones 
Mr. and Mrs. M. McCurio, Jr. 
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gulick 
Mr. and Mrs. Gail Mann , . 
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Monn 
Mr. and Mrs. John Morgan 
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Carlson 

Mrs. Bertha Sells 

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Fisher 

Mr. and Mrs. John Ruel, Sr 3 

Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Firebaugh $18.00 
Mrs. A. E. Grill ^ 2 

Mrs. J. M. Hoffman 2 

Mrs. Nate Dungan 4 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hochsteder 3 

Mr. and Mrs. G. Strohecker, Jr. 6 

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Henney 4 

S. L. Sperry 4 

Mr. and Mrs. David Sell 3 

First Brethren Church, Altoona, Pa. 1 

Mrs. J. W. Miner 1 

Mrs. A. M. Hanson 2 Mr. and Mrs. Adam Armstrong 

Mrs. Archie Yoder 1 Miriam Rohrer 

Mr. and Mrs. Al Kidder 1 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hinch 

Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Myers 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Ingersoll 
Rev. Sam Homey 
Rev. and Mrs. Earl Funderburg 

Mrs. Grace Spencer 

Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Lovegrove . . 
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Stanley Baker 

Mrs. John Augustine 

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^Foreign Missions 

and WMC Issue 

wil 3, 1965 



Congratulations SMM 
on Your 
52nd Birthday ' 






Brethren Foreign Misilons 


By Rev. Clyde K. Landrum 

Over the years Brethren people have come to think 
of Easter as the cHmactic day in the special Februarv- 
through-May period of foreign missions emphasis in our 
Fellowship. And it is indeed appropriate that as we com- 
memorate the resurrection of our Lord we also keep 
before us the challenge of the Great Commission. In fact, 
the message of Christ's resurrection is the very heart of 
the message proclaimed around the world by our mis- 
sionaries! May we at this Easter time and throughout the 
remainder of this Sixty-Fifth Anniversary Year endeavor 
to make it the greatest year 3'et in Brethren Foreign Mis- 

Evangelism in Foreign Missions 

When The Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Church came into existence on September 4, 1900, it 
was for the express purpose of fulfilling the Great Com- 
mission as outlined in Matthew 28:19 and 20. These 
verses state the commission in these words: "Go ye there- 
fore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name 
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 
teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have 
commanded vou: and, lo, I am with you alway, even 
unto the end of the world." You will notice that in these 
two verses the word "teach" appears twice. This is indeed 
significant, for it outlines the whole program which 
Christ gave His church to do. In the first instance the 
teaching has to do with winning the people of the world 
to Christ. In the second instance, the idea is to teach 
them, building them up in their knowledge of the Word 
and in the faith and in their service for our Lord. I like 


As WMC's cooperate in 
the observance of April as 
"SMM Birthday Month," 
many WMC groups will be 
reminded anew of their re- 
sponsibilities to these girls 
who are the potential WMC 
of tomorrow. (Photo taken 
especially for this issue bv 
Phil Landrum) 


Richard E. Grant. Executive Editor 
SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake. Ind. Issued biweekly 
by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Inc., Box 544, Winona 
Lake. Ind. 46590. Subscription price: J3.50 a year, foreign, $4.50. 
Special rates to churches. 

to think of this first word as having to do with evangeliz- 
ing. And, truly there is no substitute in the work of the 
Lord for evangelism. No program can take the place of 
personal witnessing and the winning of the lost to Jesus 
Christ as Saviour! Several of our mission fields had 
marked success in evangelism in 1964. This must continue 
if we are to move forward in our program of reaching 
the lost for Christ. Some speak of evangelism as a de- 
partmental endeavor of the church along with Sunday 
school, radio, literature, and other activities. This is not 
so. Evangelism must be the very heart of the Sunday- 
school program, the radio ministry, or the literature cam- 
paign! One missions authority even states that he be- 
lieves the lack of a program of evangelism in the local 
church, along with other deficiencies, has a direct bear- 
ing on a reduced number of missionary candidates for our 
missionary program. So, as individuals, as local churches, 
as schools for training our young people, or as mission 
boards or missionaries, we must all keep evangelism an 
active part of our service for the Lord. The church of 
Jesus Christ can win the world to Christ in this genera- 
tion if we work at the business of soul-winning! However, 
to date, our efforts have not been sufficient to reach this 
goal in any sense of the word. The business of evan- 
gelism is for all of the church in all of the world. May 
God help us to do the job as He has commanded us to 
do it! 

On to Long Beach! 

The 1965 national conference is to be held in Long 
Beach, California, so the slogan "On to Long Beach!" 
is an appropriate one for Brethren people in the months 
that lie ahead. Great things are planned for the Long 
Beach conference, and it is hoped that all of our Breth- 
ren will give serious consideration to attending this con- 
ference. It will be great for the Brethren from the dif- 
ferent sections of the country to have fellowship with 
one another. Then, too, the trip in itself should be real 
enjoyment. It is hoped that alt will be able to partake 
of the blessings of the first get-together of the conference. 
This occasion will be the Day of Prayer on Saturday, 
August 14, with morning and afternoon prayer sessions 
and in the evening a tremendous all-missions rally. The 
location of the dav's activities will be the North Long 
Beach Brethren Church. We are hoping to see the audi- 
torium packed for these great services. Testimonies will 
be given bv the missionaries in the evening rally, and we 
will be able to meet them in person in an informal social 
time following the service. So, the slogan is: "On to 
Long Beach!" And, on to the day of blessings in missions 
at the North Long Beach Brethren Church on August 14! 



Brethren Missionary Herald 

Brethren Foreign Missions 


Missionary Helpers 

Stanley Hall, 
Garwin, Iowa 
(Carlton Brethren 

Debbie Jones 
Hagerstown, Md. 
(Gay St. Brethren 

Knowing Your Missionaries 

Miss Marian Thurston is a mission- 
ary .nurse in Africa. She was born on a 
farm near Garwin, Iowa. After high- 
school graduation, she took a short 
course at Iowa State Teachers College 
and taught in a rural school for two 
years during World War II. 

When she felt the Lord's call to full- 
time service, she entered nurses train- 
ing at Marshalltown, Iowa. Her grad- 
uation was followed by a course in 
Grace Seminary. 

She arrived in Africa in the summer 
of 1953 and is now in her third term on 
the field serving as a missionary nurse 
at the N'Zoro dispensary. 

MH'ers, please pray for Miss Thurston 
as for several months she has been ill 
and unable to carry on her important 
work at the N'Zoro station. But let us 

» thank the Lord that she is getting bet- 
ter now and is able to do a little work 


Evan Jones 
Hagerstown, Md. 
(Gay St. Brethren 

Linda Jones, 
Hagerstown, Md. 
(Gay St. Brethren 



April 3, 1965 

Brethren Foreign Missions 



Africa? Who, me? Oh, no. Lord, 
not I! Right! Not I, but Christ, for 
He it is whose love constrains me 
to serve Him as teacher of mission- 
aries' children in the Central African 
Republic. His power and His wisdom 
have determined that this shall be mv 
responsibility for a year; and yet not 
mine, but His, for He has called me 
to this vocation, and "Faithful is he 
that calleth you, who also will do it." 

Thus, in Him I go to replace Miss 
Ruth Kent during her time of fur- 
lough; and as I go, being amazed that 
He has chosen me, the words of 
Christ to His disciples keep ringing 
in my heart: "As mv Father hath sent 
me, even so send I you." 

Then come the words, "All things 
work together for good to them that 
love God, to them who are the called 

according to his purpose." And my 
curiosity is whetted. What things? 
What good? What purpose? I don't 
know the answers to these questions, 
but with anticipation (really thrills, 
chills, and downright excitement) I 
av\'ait them, trusting in "the depth of 
the riches both of the wisdom and 
knowledge of God! . . . For of him, 
and through him, and to him, are all 
things"— going to Africa, teaching 
there, returning home again. Mav 

Miss Oberholtzer 

Jesus Christ be praised! 

—Carolyn Oberholtzer 
(FMS editor's note: Miss Ober- 
holtzer, currently a Christian day 
school teacher in Whittier, Califor- 
nia, conies from Clay City, Indiana, 
and is a memher of the First Brethren 
Church there. She will he leaving 
this June to become the replacement 
teacher for the Missionary Children's 
School during the furlough year of 
Miss Kent.) 

Miss Beach 

New Staff Member 
in FMS Office 

"Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. 
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the 
God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day" (Ps. 
25:4-5). This became the desire of my heart after a re- 
cent missionary conference at my home church in Mar- 
tinsburg, Pennsylvania. 

Several months later I was offered a position in the 
foreign mission office and felt that the Lord was leading 
me to work there. 

The short time I have worked in the office has been 
a time of real blessing, and I'm looking forward to the 

I am thankful for this opportunity for service, and for 
the opportunity to become better acquainted with the 
missionaries and their fields. 

—Linda Beach 
Assistant office secretary 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

Brethren Foreign Missions 

Brother Fogle teaching a class at E.B.I. 

One of the ministries which The 
Brethren Church has had in France 
is that of training young people to 
reach their own nation with the gos- 

It began in 1957 during my sec- 
ond term of service, at which time my 
family and I still lived in Lyon. A 
request came to teach a short, in- 
tensive course in the European Bible 
Institute located in the suburbs of 
Paris. During the present term the 
Lord has given me a regular ministry 
in the school as a part of my mis- 
siiinarv activity. 

The institute, a creation of the 
Ciicater European Mission, was 
founded bv its European director. Dr. 
Robert Evans, in the spring of 1951. 
It functioned as an evening school 
in the heart of Paris until January, 
1952, when the doors were opened 
for the day school. The student body 
then numbered nine. By October of 
that same year the enrollment had 
doubled. For the past few years there 
has been an average of approximately 
forty students from various nations. 
Suited to this international student 
body is an international teaching 
staff, the members hailing from five 
different countries. Three of the 
present teachers are graduates of 
Grace Theological Seminary in Win- 
ona Lake, Indiana. 

Since the first graduating class of 
1955, approximately 150 young peo- 
ple have received diplomas or cer- 
tificates, and it is estimated that 
90 per cent of these members of the 
alumni are in full-time Christian 

A Teaching Ministry 
in France 

By Rev. P. F-redrick Fogle 

service. Ten per cent are on the mis- 
sion field, which stretches from 
South America to Asia. The others 
are serv'ing the Lord in their own 
countries as pastors, evangelists, or 
teachers. Some of the foreign stu- 
dents, seeing the great need in 
France, have remained to join the 
Lord's forces here. 

Due to the fact that the building 
at the first location was too small 
to accommodate increasing demands, 
the school moved to Lamorlaye and 
now occupies a nineteenth-century 
castle property twenty miles north of 
Paris. The buildings contain about 
sevent\' rooms. 

The academic program is com- 
parable to the best that one might 
find in a Bible institute in the United 
States. Great stress is placed upon 
the outreach of the school. "Every 
student a soul-winner" is the motto. 
Each one has a weekly Christian 
service assignment and weekend 
teams leave regularly to minister in 
France and neighboring countries. 

For the current operation of the 
school, more funds are received from 
European sources than from those in 

North America. As no scholarships 
are offered bv the school, each stu- 
dent needs to depend upon the Lord 
to finance his studies. 

The Brethren work has benefited 
considerably from this close associa- 
tion with the Bible institute. Four dif- 
ferent graduates have helped in the 
L\'on work for periods of various 
length, the last being Rev. and Mrs. 
John Isch, who served with our 
Brethren mission for two and one- 
half years. Teams, constituted of 
teachers and students from the in- 
stitute, have helped in evangelistic 
efforts in Lyon and at the St. Albain 
castle property. 

At the present time one of the 
young men saved during my ministry 
at Lyon is completing his first year 
as a student in the school. His elder 
brother plans to enroll in the fall of 
this year. 

It would be pleasing to the Lord 
if you were to add this ministry to 
\our prayer list, especially that God 
will raise up a host of European 
young people who will prepare them- 
selves for Christian service in this 
needy part of the viorld. ▼ 

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EBI chapel service being led by Rev. Robert Munn. faculty member and Grace Seminary 

April 3, 1965 

Brethren Foreign Missions 


1. Manheim, Pa. $103.90 66. 

2. Arvada, Colo 77.43 67. 

3. Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 75.39 

4. Seal Beach, Calif - 52.61 68. 

5. Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 52.55 69. 

6. Tracy, Calif 44.25 70. 

7. Norwalk, Calif. ..^-.- ^..- 41.76 71. 

8. Wheaton, 111. 40.21 

9. Modesto, Calif. (LaLoma) 39.17 72. 

10. Kent, Wash. 38.89 73. 

11. Warsaw, Ind 38.85 74. 

12. Wooster, Ohio 37.35 75. 

13. Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 36.41 

14. Dayton, Ohio 76. 

(North Riverdale) _ -. 36.18 77. 

15. Fort Wayne, Ind. (Grace) 34.52 78. 

16. South Bend, Ind 32.91 79. 

17. Winona Lake, Ind -.., 30.19 80. 

18. Middlebranch, Ohio - 30.08 81. 

19. Portland, Oreg. 27.11 82. 

20. Beaumont, Calif. 26.61 

21. Sidney, Ind. 25.56 83. 

22. Portis, Kans 24.91 84. 

23. Waynesboro, Pa. 24.83 85. 

24. Waterloo, Iowa 24.53 86. 

25. Berne, Ind. 23.99 87. 

26. Clayton, Ohio 23.89 88. 

27. Harrisburg, Pa 23.85 89. 

28. Long Beach, Calif. 90. 

(First) 23.69 91. 

29. Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 22.85 92. 

30. Ashland, Ohio 93. 

(W. 10th St.) 21.88 94. 

31. Vandalia, Ohio 21.78 95. 

32. Long Beach, Calif. 96. 

(North) ..„. 20.83 97. 

33. Rittman, Ohio 20.76 98. 

34. Johnstown, Pa. (First) .- 20.23 99. 

35. Everett, Pa 19.49 100. 

36. Martinsburg, Pa. 19.25 101. 

37. Whittier, Calif. 102. 

(Community) 19.04 103. 

38. Osceola, Ind 18.68 104. 

39. Conemaugh, Pa. 18.49 105. 

40. Elkhart, Ind 18.48 106. 

41. Lancaster, Pa. 18.11 107. 

42. Dallas Center, Iowa 17.77 108. 

43. Kittanning, Pa. (First) . 17.76 109. 

44. Inglewood, Calif. 17.73 110. 

45. South Gate, Calif. 17.31 

46. Dayton, Ohio (First) ... 16.92 111. 

47. Westminster, Calif. 16.79 112. 

48. Hollidaysburg, Pa. 113. 

(Vicksburg) 16.79 114. 

49. Ankenytown, Ohio 16.48 115. 

50. Washington, D. C. (First) 16.40 116. 

51. Flora, Ind 16.36 117. 

52. Garwin, Iowa 16.24 

53. Albany, Oreg 16.17 118. 

54. Ashland, Ohio 119. 

(Keen and Budd) 16.00 120. 

55. Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) .. 15.83 

56. Sterling, Ohio 15.53 121. 

57. Fort Lauderdale, Fla 14.75 122. 

58. Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 14.41 123. 

59. La Habra, Calif. 14.36 124. 

60. Danville, Ohio 13.86 125. 

61. Washington, Pa 13.77 126. 

62. Montclair, Calif 13.74 127. 

63. Wmona, Minn. 13.58 128. 

64. Troy, Ohio 13.26 129. 

65. Harrah, Wash 13.23 

Compton, Calif. 13.12 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(Los Altos) 12.92 

Altoona, Pa. (Grace) .. 12.82 

La Verne, Calif. 12.71 

Temple City, Calif. 12.46 

Los Angeles, CaJif. 

(Community) 12.30 

Westernport, Md. 12.30 

York, Pa. 12.23 

Uniontown, Pa. 12.21 

Johnstown, Pa. 

(Geistown) 12.15 

Leesburg, Ind. 12.10 

Sunnyside, Wash. 12.03 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio ..... 11.98 

Margate, Fla. 11.87 

Denver, Colo. 11.56 

Berrien Springs, Mich. .. 11.39 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Patterson Park) 11.32 

Grandview, Wash. 11.22 

Jackson, Mich. 11.20 

Bellflower, CaUf 11.09 

Bell, Cahf. 10.95 

Jefferson Center, Pa. .... 10.95 

Lake Odessa, Mich. . 10.89 

Phoenix, Ariz 10.71 

Norton Village, Ohio .... 10.71 

Hatboro, Pa. 10.64 

Dryhill, Ky 10.64 

Cleveland, Ohio 10.50 

Alto, Mich. 10.45 

Sacramento, Calif. 10.44 

Duncansville, Pa. 10.41 

AUentown, Pa. 10.18 

Winchester, Va 10.08 

Davenport, Iowa 9.96 

Yakima, Wash 9.91 

Glendale, Calif. 9.83 

Fremont, Ohio (Grace) .. 9.80 

Brookville, Ohio 9.65 

Englewood, Ohio 9.53 

San Bernardino, Calif. 9.51 

Limestone, Tenn 9.50 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) .. 9.30 

Homerville, Ohio 9.29 

Palmyra, Pa. 9.16 

Hagerstown, Md. 

(Calvary) 9.12 

Akron, Ohio (Fairlawn) 9.11 

Rialto, Calif. 9.02 

Whittier, Calif. (First).. 8.91 

Fillmore, Calif. 8.39 

Peru, Ind. 8.77 

Listie, Pa. 8.59 

Dayton, Ohio 

(Basore Road) 8.55 

Jenners, Pa 8.52 

Paramount, Calif. 8.37 

Mansfield, Ohio 

(Woodville) . 8.27 

Akron, Ohio (First) .-.. 8.13 

Gardena, Calif. 8.12 

Martinsburg, W. Va 7.93 

Accident, Md. 7.89 

Pompano Beach, Fla. .... 7.81 

Findlay, Ohio 7.78 

Arlington, CaUf. 7.75 

Leon, Iowa 7.71 

Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Singer Hill) 7.58 

130. Cedar Rapids, Iowa ...... 7.57 

131. Meyersdale, Pa. 

(Summit Mills) 7.49 

132. Dayton, Ohio 

(Huber Heights) 7.43 

133. Hopewell, Pa. 7.09 

134. Altoona, Pa. (First) .._.. 6.70 

135. Elyria, Ohio 6.62 

136. HoUins, Va. 6.55 

137. Chico, Calif. 6.54 

138. Trotwood, Ohio 6.49 

139. Kittanning, Pa. 

(North Buffalo) 6.45 

140. New Troy, Mich. 6.40 

141. Goshen, Ind. 6.39 

142. Johnstown, Pa. 

(Riverside) 5.85 

143. North English, Iowa 
(Pleasant Grove) 5.83 

144. Grass Valley, CaUf. 5.83 

145. Grand Terrace, Calif. .. 5.63 

146. Ozark, Mich. 5.41 

147. Toppenish, Wash. 4.92 

148. Roanoke, Va. 

(Wash. Heights) 4.88 

149. Clay City, Ind 4.87 

150. San Jose, Calif. 4.70 

151. South Pasadena, Calif. 4.70 

152. Canton, Ohio 4.63 

153. Alexandria, Va. 4.51 

154. Covington, Va 4.28 

155. Washington, D. C. 

(Grace) 3.99 

156. Kettering, Ohio 3.81 

157. Parkersburg, W. Va. .... 3.77 

158. Camden, Ohio 3.72 

159. Meyersdale, Pa. 3.66 

160. Clayhole, Ky. 3.57 

161. Roanoke, Va. 
(Clearbrook) 3.41 

162. Lansing, Mich 3.38 

163. Hagerstown, Md. 

(Gay Street) 3.16 

164. Albuquerque, N. Mex. .... 3.08 

165. Kokomo, Ind. 3.06 

166. Bothel, Wash. ,. 3.01 

167. Cheyenne, Wyo. 2.49 

168. Tucson, Ariz. 2.49 

169. Taos, N. Mex 2.46 

170. Stoystown, Pa. 

(Reading) 2.45 

171. Artesia, Calif 2.41 

172. Buena Vista, Va. 2.41 

173. San Diego, Calif 2.12 

174. Virginia Beach, Va. 2.04 

175. Spokane, Wash. 1.97 

176. West Alexandria, Ohio .. 1.95 

177. Anaheim, Calif. 1.89 

178. Aleppo, Pa. 1.78 

179. Johnson City, Tenn. ..... 1.69 

180. Gallon, Ohio : 1.64 

181. Dayton, Ohio (Grace) .. 1.61 

182. Hastings, Mich 1.56 

183. Roanoke, Va. 

(Garden City) 1.52 

184. Radford, Va. 1.46 

185. Beaver City, Nebr. 1.24 

186. Grafton, W. Va. .83 

187. Seven Fountains, Va. ... .59 

188. Glendora, Calif. .48 

189. Covington, Ohio 14 

190. Riner, Va. ... 07 

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(FMS editor's note: Following 
her recent tour of Sojith Amer- 
ica, Miss Alherta Hanson, di- 
rector of Christian education 
for the North Long Beach 
Brethren Church, sent this 
letter to the FMS office. We 
want to share it with you.) 

Miss Hanson 

Hello, Foreign Missions Office Staff: 

What a fine time I had while visiting our missionaries in the West Indies 
and in South America! The weather was great in Puerto Rico and the Dick- 
sons were busy as usual and the Brennemans were entertaining others from 
out of the country. 

I then flew on to Trinidad and visited missionaries from Biola and an 
Indian couple who are working among the Moslems and Trinidadeans. The 
British-style driving was hard to get used to! From Port of Spain, it was 
more or less island-hopping to Caracas, Venezuela, where Evangelism in 
Depth was in its final operation with a city-wide campaign and final parade 
of four thousand believers walking down the main stfeets of Caracas. This 
was a great tribute to Dr. Kenneth Strachan, who was director of Latin 
American Mission, and whose idea and prayers had made this event and 
others like it possible. With his recent passing, Latin America will feel a 
great loss. 

The Brazil field council was in session, so I was able to see the Burks, 
Zielaskos, Schwartzes, and Barbara Hulse, all at the same place. The Brazil- 
ian pastors and their families were in from the surrounding islands. I enjoyed 
taking pictures among the believers and the area of Icoaraci and the banks of 
the Amazon River. Flying over the massive green jungles made the days and 
hours more exciting. The Amazon River really plunges through the dense 
silva. A few hours were spent at the new capital, Brasilia. It is quite a man- 
made city. As the lights came on in the city, it reminded me of Jerusalem 
being lit up and facing the east. Another flight took me to the coast of Rio 
de Janeiro, and then on to Montevideo. 

For two days I visited an Argentine family and then flew to Cordoba. I 
visited with our missionaries in Almafuerte and Rio Cuarto. The summer 
camps were in progress, so I visited one day up in the mountains of Cor- 
doba. It was great seeing the Churchills and the Fays. I spent the night with 
Mrs. Sickel, and then in Buenos Aires I spent some time with the Maconaghys 
and Bertha Abel. I got a glimpse of the Marshalls— and a few weeks later 
I waved goodby to the Austins, so this completed the visitation with our 
missionaries to Argentina. 

These three weeks slipped away quickly and I proceeded with flights north 
and up and over the Andes mountains to Lima, Peru, where I visited Dr. 
Jack Whitcomb's folks. What a fine time we had together, viewing the 
sights of Lima! 

Quito, Ecuador, was the next stopping point. It was great to see many 
with whom I had been in language school previously in Costa Rica. I en- 
joyed watching the radio and television studios operating. It takes a great 
staff to broadcast every day and night to many areas and in many languages 
all over the world. 

Central America was the capstone of my trip, and I spent some time in 
Panama, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. 

Sixteen flights in all— visiting over forty missionary families. I took about 
eight hundred colored pictures and most of them turned out very well. I'll 
be using them in connection with our mission study in our church. It's fun 
to review the trip— in fact, I get to do it five times this week; I hope it 
doesn't lessen my enthusiasm! 

I hope to complete a series of missions studies for boys and girls by the end 
of the month. T 

Most sincerely in Him, 
Alberta Hanson 

April 3, 1965 

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Date: March 2, 1965. 

Place: Lutheran Hospital, Fort 
Wayne, Indiana. 

Ruth Snyder, patient in room 210, 
was writing in her diary. I, the nurse, 
was sitting nearby. 

"What were we doing a year ago 
today?" I asked Ruth. I knew that 
at that time we were at the Bible 
Center in Africa and that my fur- 
lough time was drawing near. 

Ruth read from her diary: "March 
2, 1964, Don Hocking brought the 

The events of the year came into 
review in my mind. In what strange 
ways the Lord works in the lives of 
His servants! 

I had a desire to stay in Africa, to 
learn to operate the new I.B.M. 
typewriter, to continue in the work 
of the Trorn-pette magazine and other 
literature, to continue the oversight 
of the dispensaries. However, fur- 
lough time came and I was whisked 
awav to the U.S.A. 

I anticipated a short furlough, and 
from the first days in the U.S. I 
looked forward to and all but counted 

the days until my return to Africa. 
Early December was the latest I 
dared return— so I thought. Early in 
December the conference of Brethren 
churches in Africa was to be held. At 
this conference there is a good time 
of fellowship, an opportunity to con- 
tact and become acquainted with 
many of the Christian leaders and 
other brothers and sisters in Christ. 
It is also the time of year when the 
Trotnpette and other Christian lit- 
erature is sold and publicized. At that 
time subscriptions are taken for the 
new year. But conference time came 
and went, and due to circumstances 
beyond mv control I was still in the 

The last of December is mission- 
ary conference time in Africa. Plans 
are made for the new year. "Surely 
I must be back by then!" But the 
conference date came and went, and 
I was still in the U.S. 

February 3 was the date set for 
the literature distribution conference 
sponsored bv Evangelical Literature 
Overseas. How I longed to be in 
Bangui for that event! However, earlv 

in January I learned that I would not 
be there. 

On January 10 I stopped making 
plans according to the way 1 thought 
they should be and said, "Lord, may 
Thy will be done." He has directed 
since then, not in a way 1 would have 
planned, nor chosen, nor even agreed 
to before; but I said "Thy will be 
done," and I meant it. 

For three weeks following my sur- 
render to God's will I was in Port- 
land, Indiana. There I helped my 
brother with his newly-established 
and struggling Christian bookstore. 
As I walked to and from the book- 
store, I passed by the Jay County hos- 
pital. For some time I had had a de- 
sire springing up within to do a little 
nursing, that my R.N. might not go 
completely stale. So I purchased a 
uniform and let it be known that I 
would soon make myself available— 
probably for private duty. 

One day I came home from the 
bookstore to find the nurse's cap I 
had ordered in the mail. Now every- 


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thing was in order. I could start 

And I did start work, but that, too, 
was certainly not as I had planned. 
Little did I suspect how the Lord was 
working out all these things. Brother 
Barnard called me that very night of 
Friday, January 29, to tell me that 
Ruth Snyder was in the hospital at 
Fort Wayne. She had been flown 
home for medical care. Would I 
render my professional services if 
necessary? How could I refuse? Ruth 
and I have been friends for years 
and co-laborers in Africa since 1955. 

Now, for a month T have been 
with Ruth, attending her through two 
major operations. Isaiah 40; 31 has 
been brought to our attention often; 
"They that wait upon the Lord shall 
renew their strength." How precious 

are this and other promises from His 
Word! The Lord has been faithful. 
Fellow Christians have been faithful 
in praver, and the peace of God 
which passes all understanding has 
been evident. 

During difficult days in the hos- 
pital Ruth and I read together Vic- 
torious Praying, by Alan Redpath. 
He draws attention to Romans 8: 
26 and 27: "We know not what we 
should prav for as we ought; but the 
Spirit itself maketh intercession for 
us with groanings which cannot be 
uttered. And he that searcheth the 
hearts knoweth what is the mind of 
the Spirit, because he maketh inter- 
cession for the saints according to the 
will of God." Ruth and I have both 
done editing in Africa. We receive 
materials written bv Africans, and it 

is our duty to decipher the poor writ- 
ing, correct the errors in grammar and 
sjjelling, and put it together so that 
it says something. I expressed to Ruth 
how it occurred to me that the Holy 
Spirit must have to do a lot of edit- 
ing of our pravers. But, praise His 
name, He makes intercession for us 
"according to the will of God." 

"Thy will" be done." The events 
of the past months have been much 
different from. an\'thing Ruth or I 
would have planned, but we are con- 
fident that our Master makes no mis- 
takes; He has the master plan and He 
is accomplishing His purpose. We 
can but exclaim, as expressed bv Dr. 
Redpath: "Oh, the jov of submitting, 
down to the last detail of our experi- 
ence, to the good and perfect and ac- 
ceptable will of God!" T 


"And so we are recommending that 
you go home. You can get one of 
those three-week tickets." All at once 
it hit me that the doctor was saying 
I should go home. The walls of the 
office danced as wildly as any Afri- 
can had ever dared to dance. In an ef- 
fort to steady those walls I looked at 
the floor. . The tears were too heavy 
to hold back. 

Just a few days before, I had gone 
to the medical center for an annual 
check-up. Then came the decision of 
the doctors. Go home. My heart was 
broken. Days and places flew by in 
rapid succession. Return to Bible 
Center. Pack your bag for what you 
hope will be three weeks' absence. 
Prepare things in the office so the 
work will not be hindered by your 
absence. Then Bangui, Paris, New 
York, Chicago. As the jet prepared 
for the landing, a voice from the 
loudspeaker announced that the tem- 
perature was four degrees below zero. 
Out into the cold. Then a bed at 
Winona Lake for what was left of the 
night after 3 a.m. The afternoon 
found me in the surgeon's office in 

Fort Wavne. That night I went to 
bed in the hospital at Fort Wayne. 
The night was very dark. 

The following days were filled 
with hopes and fears. Hopes that the 
biopsy would relieve the fears. Fears 
that the biopsy would confirm the 
fears. Those days of mixed emotions 
brought me a new experience of the 
peace of God. Day by day, visitors, 
cards, and flowers assured me of the 
pravers of hundreds of my brethren 
in the Lord. The peace increased 
until the fears did not seem to be 
important. Two op>;'iations brought 

disappointment, but the peace flowed 
on and on. 

Among the many messages which 
were sent to me v\'as a quotation from 
Samuel Rutherford, "Christ chargeth 
me to believe His daylight at mid- 
night." Daylight at midnight has 
been my experience. 

Sharing this experience with me 
was my faithful friend, Rosella 
Cochran. We have both learned 
many things. 

Thank you each one for your pray- 
ers for both of us. May the Lord 
bless vou all is our prayer for you.V 

April 3, 1965 

Women's Missionary Council 


Roanoke, Virginia, was the city of 
my birth and "growing up" years. I 
was a part of a Methodist church 
from the cradle roll up and heard 
the gospel as a child. When about 
eight years old I accepted Christ as 
the result of an evangelistic cam- 
paign. I learned to trust Jesus as a 
child and have precious remem- 
brances of answers to prayer. How- 
ever, I wasn't taught in the Scrip- 
tures through the years and had very 
little knowledge of Christian doc- 
trine and terminology. 

After graduating from National 
Business College, I accepted a posi- 
tion as secretary for the Virginia 
state parole and probation office in 
Roanoke. Two years later I was in- 
troduced to a voung sailor home on 
furlough, who told me of his conver- 
sion to Christ after he entered the 
Navy. The following vear and a half 
were filled with real heart searching 
for me. How was I to spend mv life? 
What was the purpose for it? I didn t 
realize that much praver was going 
up in mv behalf from the voung sail- 
or and his Christian friends. When 
he returned home from the Navy, 
we went together to Youth for Christ 
meetings, and there the precious 
Scriptures began to penetrate. In a 
few months I entered a hospital due 
to a chronic ear infection, and I de- 
cided to read the Gospel of John 
through during my stav there. I had 
read onlv as far as John 4:14, where 
Jesus told the woman at the well, 
"But whosoever drinketh of the 
water that I shall give him shall never 
thirst; but the water that I shall give 
him shall be in him a well of water 
springing up into everlasting life," 
when I realized that mv great need 
was simplv I was thirstv for Jesus. I 
lacked assurance that I belonged to 
Him, so I bowed my head and re- 
ceived Christ and expressed the de- 
sire that He would direct my life into 
service for Him. It was from that time 
that the verses I had memorized came 
alive and the Scriptures had real 
meaning for me. I became concerned 
that others should know my Saviour. 

To make a long story short, about 
a vear later the young sailor became 
mv husband. The Lord led us to the 
Ghent Brethren Church of Roanoke, 
where Dr. Herman Koontz was the 
pastor. Pastor Koontz was greatly 
used in ministering the Word to us 
and directing our steps into Chris- 
tian training and eventually the pas- 
torate. Together we attended Bob 
Jones Universitv, where my husband 
was graduated. He later was grad- 
uated from Grace Theological Semi- 
narv in Winona Lake, Indiana. It 
was during the years at Winona Lake 
that I became more actively acquaint- 
ed with WMC. Later I had the privi- 
lege of serving as a district president 
in the Mid-Atlantic District, where 
my husband pastored the Calvary 
Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Mary- 
land, for nine and one-half years. 
We are now situated in Ashland, 
Ohio, where mv husband is pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church, West 
Tenth Street. The Lord has blessed 
our home with two sons— Jack, Jr., 
age 15, and Stephen, age 11. 

I love the pastorate and the work 
to which God has called me. There 
have been times when I thought the 
multiplicity of my Christian activities 
and responsibilities would surely 
bring my quick decease, but as one 
dear pastor's wife has said, "You 
find you don't die so easy!" I'm glad 
we don't, for following the trials and 
hard places I would have missed so 
many wonderful blessings from the 
Lord. In this light the Lord gave me 
some years ago I Peter 5:10: "But 
the God of all grace, who hath called 
us unto his eternal glory by Christ 
Jesus, after that ye have suffered a 
while, make 3'ou perfect, stablish, 
strengthen, settle you." I have found 
the Lord Jesus Christ sufficient in 
every area of my life and able to do 
"exceeding abundandy ' above all that 
I might ask or think. "Being confi- 
dent of this very thing, that he which 
hath begun a good work in (me) 
will perform it until the day of Jesus 
Christ" (Phil. 1:6). ▼ 


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Mothers of 
"Daughters of the King" 

The Sisterhood of Mary and 
Martha as "Daughters of the King" 
compels us to examine anew our re- 
sponsibihtv, not only as the "mother" 
of this organization, but also in our 
present role as the "queen mother." 

Ezekiel declares, "As is the moth- 
er, so is her daughter" (Ezek. 16:44). 
The WMC version might be "As is 
the queen, so is the princess." It has 
been said that motherhood is dis- 
played by "the training of, not the 
bearing of "a child." Timothy's ad- 
monition, "Be thou an example," 
makes our responsibility one not to 
be treated lightly, but a sacred trust 
which becomes majestic if it is the 
continuation of Christ's life of love. 

A portrait of a mother worthy of 
duplication is found in Proverbs 31: 
10 to 31. Consider with me four 
"B's" in this account. First and pri- 
mary, this mother is heaittiful be- 
cause she is Christian. She "feareth 
the Lord" (v. 30). Her beauty stems 
from within, a heart established with 
grace. Her cup is filled and, like 
David's, "runneth over." This is vic- 
torious living. All her tasks and re- 
sponsibilities are motivated by love 
and trust in her Lord. She reflects 
the light of His countenance and 
carries in her very air a sweet seren- 
ity and holy joy. 

Her feet are beautiful as she car- 
ries "glad tidings of good things." 
What a privilege to he an errand 
runner for Jesus, carrying water from 
the wells of salvation! What a min- 
istry to carry cups of cold water in 
all directions— across the street, at 
home, and in foreign missions! Walk- 
ing with Jesus is an art, and we de- 
termine the closeness of our walk by 
the amount of space we allow to in- 
ter\'ene between His steps and ours. 

This mother has beautiful hands 
because she has learned well the rich- 
ness of blessing in keeping them 
empty of worldly things in order 
that the King might fill them. They 
move "at the impulse of His love," 
transfiguring the simplest litde 

duties and acts into jovful service. 
She has hands owned bv the Mas- 
ter, hands that excel in all that they 

Her lips are beautiful, for "she 
openeth her mouth with wisdom; 
and in her tongue is the law of kind- 
ness." "The lips of the righteous 
feed many." 

There is beauty in her "strength 
and honour," emanating from her 
daily drinking nourishment into her 
inmost soul and eating of the "hid- 
den manna." 

By Mrs. Donald E. Cole 

Beautiful is her clothing, because 
it "becometh women professing god- 

Beautiful is her faith, as it clothes 
her household in scarlet. 

Her conduct as a vwfe is beautiful 
and is known abroad. She is "the 
crown of her husband." 

Beautiful is the whole tenor of 
her behavior because it speaks of 
goodness, kindness, and sweetness. 

Second and admirable, she is busy 
(vv. 13-19), but not too busy for 
prayer, meditation, quietness, or fam- 
ily worship. Her schedule includes 
prayer meeting, every means of grace, 
and family "togetherness." She has 
time for a smile, a kind or sympa- 
thetic word, a phone call, a visit. 

How many are the blessings lost be- 
cause we have been "too busy"? I 
wonder how much of our busyness is 
guided by the Holy Spirit. Do we 
think enough of Jesus' weary days 
and nights of trial and humiliation. 
His hours of suffering, the lonely 
moments of His dying to give Him 
a portion of our so-called "precious" 
time? Can we hesitate to give our 
poor little hours to His service? 

The WMC version of this por- 
tion could read: "She seeketh oppor- 
tunities to help in Sisterhood work 
as a patroness, assistant patroness, 
hostess, taxi driver, and teacher of 
home economics, arts, and crafts and 
worketh willingly, exercising her 
abilities for the glory of God and the 
joy of Jesus. She has tasted and 
found that the Lord is good, and her 
zeal for the salvation of the lost is 
ever aglow in her heart, burning day 
and night." 

Third and essential, she is benev- 
olent, not only with money and 
time, but also with herself as she 
"reacheth forth her hands to the 
needy" (v. 20). Why are the fruits 
of our life so poor? "Such as I have 
give I thee"— my love, my Christ. To 
you, special gifts are given, your span 
of life is ordained and your oppor- 
tunities unlimited. Sometimes it is 
a look, a word, a helping hand, a 
visit used by Him for the pulling 
down of strongholds. He who knows 
what is in us can best call forth our 
faculties and use them for His glory. 
Oh, what could not the Lord Jesus 
do by us if only we were wholly yield- 
ed to Him? 

Fourth and rewarding, this mother 
is Messed (vv. 28-31). The "fruit of 
her hands . . . her own works" make 
her worthy of praise from her hus- 
band, her children, and the King 
himself because she is successful in 
presenting to the world godly daugh- 
ters who are desirous to live for the 
glory of God. 

Let us work diligently and with 
utmost care so that in the harvest we, 
as a WMC, may present the greatest 
amount and the sweetest possible 
quality of fruit to delight the heart 
of Jesus. Let us walk worthy of the 
privilege and pleasure to serve as 
queenly mothers of "Daughters of the 

April 3, 1965 


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By Mrs. Kenneth Ashman 

Wooster, Ohio 

My day is filled with the routine 
household chores, much like anv 
mother's day, starting with getting the 
family members off to their respec- 
tive activities, listening to the Word, 
and looking unto Him "from whence 
cometh my help." 

But I v\'ould like to share with you 
one of my nights. Don't I sleep? 
Well, not every night. Some nights 
are spent at the bedside of a sick 
person, giving physical relief, com- 
fort, and encouragement. At those 
tense moments, with no physical re- 
lief and no hope of recovery, we offer 
the Word of God for him to cling 
to. There are those joyful moments 
too, when rest comes as a result of 
prayer and trust in the Lord. A 
glimpse into the real panorama of 
life can be gained just by looking 
down a hospital corridor at night. 

A clanging noise demands atten- 
tion! Grandpa Ringley has managed 
to get out of bed, tubes and all. 
Quick, to the rescue before he enters 
the wrong room and gives someone 
worse than nightmares! He is old and 
totterv— and confused. How has his 
long life been spent? Has he known 
the Saviour's love, or has his time 
been wasted in the pleasures of sin? 
Who's going to tell him before it's 
too late? 

There's the banker, traveling down 
the corridor in his ill-fitting hospital 
pajamas, with that strained look of 
care and concern. Has he been told 
that he can cast all his burdens upon 
the Lord, who loves and cares for all 
such as he? 


Mrs. Average Housewife is also 
here; but as she strolls by in her 
sweeping robe, she makes one feel as 
though she is being sustained by an- 
other. Surely she has found the an- 
swer to her need in the promises of 
the Word. She has cares, too, but 
there is a smile of confidence. 

A faint cry for "Mommie" from 
pediatrics reveals a child called upon 
to suffer— pain and apprehension. 
Does this little one know that Jesus 
loves him and cares for him? 

Old, rich, young, and average in- 
dividuals, each with his or her own 
particular need and problem, each 
demanding some special attention— 
here they are in the hospital. It is 
such an opportunity to tell them of 
the One who suffered so much be- 
cause He loved so much! He knows 
their load and wants to bear it for 
them— if they only knew! 

Sobbing in the hallway— the clos- 
ing door of the chapel silences the 
sound. Someone's loved one has 
slipped into eternity. But where? 
Have they assurance of salvation? 
Are His promises their source of com- 

fort in their present need? 

Can it be 6 a.m. already? Time 
onlv for a few words of comfort from 
the Word as we administer morning 
cares and medications. "You look 
better— God will see you through an- 
other day." 

Excitement in the lobby— an anx- 
ious voung man trails along as the 
nurse hurries his wife down the ma- 
ternity corridor. Soon there is an- 
other miracle of birth. Will this 
young couple thank God for this 
bundle of life? Are they dedicated to 
establishing a Christian home for 
their little one? 

Have I been sleeping and dream- 
ing? No, it's a mental recording of 
another night spent in the hospital, 
serving human needs. Through the 
night we have met birth, suffering, 
anxiety, and death— and the Word of 
God is sufficient for all. 

Home again, getting the family off 
for another day. "Thank you. Lord, 
for giving strength to care for my 
own and others who have need." 
Hmmm . . . now what verse can I 
take to my patient tonight? T 

Mark Ball June 2, 1958 

B. P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui. Central African Republic 

Mrs. Pierre-Andre Waridel June 6 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Mr. Pierre-Andre Waridel June 7 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Rev. Roy B. Snyder June 15 

B. p. 240, Bangui, Central African Republic 

Charles Ball June 24, 1957 

B. P. 13. Bozoum via Bangui. Central African Republic 

Mrs. Harold A. Mason June 26 

Medical Center, Boguila. B. P. 36, Bossangoa via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Rev. Thomas T. Julien June 27 

Chateau de St. Albain par Fleurville (S & L) , France 

Mrs. G. James Dickson June 27 

Box 1103, Ha to Rey. Puerto Rico 00919 

Mrs. Rose Foster June 9 

105 Seminary Drive. Winona Lake. Indiana 46590 

Mrs. Marvin L. Goodman, Jr. June 12 

305 North 13th Street, Sunnyside, Washington 98944 

Rev. Martin M. Garber June 14 

523 West Broadway. Whittier, California 

Miss Marie Mishler June 19 

2592 Edgebrook Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44312 

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Called . . . By His Grace'' 

(A long-awaited child, a mother's 
promise to the Lord, a little girl's 
hero in the form of a missionary who 
never reached his field— all these are 
threads in the drama of the Lord's 
working in the life of Elsie Balzer. 
Her musical talent and her love for 
the Africans have heen blessed of the 
Lord in the land where she and her 
huilder-hushand have served for a 
number of years now—xvorkers much 
loved by their fellow-missionaries and 
the Africans as well. 

Mrs. Balzer has told her oivn 
story.— Marcia Wardell) 

"But when it pleased God, who 
separated me from my mother's 
womb, and called me by his grace, 
to reveal his Son in me, that I might 
preach him among the heathen; im- 
mediately I conferred not with flesh 
and blood" (Gal. 1:15-16). These 
verses are my testimony. Before I was 
bom, mv mother, also, gave me to 
the Lord for service. 

When I was not vet five years old, 
God began to plant the land of 
Africa in my mind and heart. Allan 
Bennett, with some other young men 
from the Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles, came to work in the grape 
vineyards at Reedley, California. I 
often sat on his knee and learned to 
love him. When he left for Africa, 
my childish thoughts and prayers 
went with him. He was my hero. I 
carried his picture around and had 
my dollies pray for him. When the 
letter telling of his death arrived 
from Dr. Gribble, it was a time of 
sorrow. I never forgot Allan. 

When I was about six years old I 
accepted Christ as my Saviour. At 
the age of seven while praying at de- 
votion time in a Christian elementary 
school, I heard the voice of Jesus 
saying to me: "Elsie, I want you to go 
to Africa as a missionary for Me." 
I said: "Yes, Lord Jesus, I will." 
When I told Mother, she was sur- 
prised that God had called me so 
soon. She never encouraged me to go 

to Africa, but neither did she dis- 
courage me. I was her only child. 
She felt that if God had really called 
me, I would not forget it. 

When I reached the age of 17, a 
young man came to our church to 
see our pastor and tell him that he 
had accepted Christ as Saviour. Our 
pastor had been his school-teacher in 
Minnesota and had encouraged him 
to accept Christ. 

It seems we loved each other on 
our first meeting. Albert came back 
to our church and to our home. I told 
him I was going to Africa as a mis- 
sionary. This almost broke us apart, 
because Al said he did not want to 
pre\'ent me from going but he knew 
he was not cut out for a preacher. 
We prayed about it, and Mother 
talked to Al and asked if he was not 
willing to go to Africa if God would 
call him. He said he was willing but 
did not know what he would do 
there, as he felt he could not preach. 

We were married on December 
31, 1935. For about a year we both 
sort of forgot about Africa, and then 
Al fell under conviction about it. He 
made a promise to the Lord that he 
really would go if he could support 
us on the field. 

Al started building houses and 
apartments. The Lord blessed and I 
went to the Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles for training. After four years 
Al decided we had enough to keep us 
in Africa, so he closed out the busi- 
ness. He asked me to find out at the 
Bible institute if there were any use 
for such as we. I knew Dr. Paul 
Bauman, who was our doctrine and 
apologetics teacher, so I felt led to 
go to him. He gave me a letter he 
had received from his father, Dr. 
Louis S. Bauman, who was head 
of the Brethren Foreign Missions 
board. He told how much they need- 
ed a builder and how wonderful it 
would be if the Lord would provide 
one. When I took the news home to 
Al, he was almost floored. To think 
it was he they needed even more 
than I. God leads in mysterious 
ways His wonders to perform. 

We were accepted by the foreign 
mission board as candidates for 
Africa. Before we left we visited the 
Long Beach church with Dr. Paul 
Bauman. Hanging on the wall in one 
of the Sunday-school rooms was a 
large picture— an enlargement of the 

(Continued on page 14) 

The Balzers 

April 3, 1965 


Women's Missionary Council 

WMC News From Hawaii 

By Mrs. Violet Kimura 

Grace Chapel 
Honolulu, Hawaii 

Greetings in the name of our Lord 
Jesus Christ from the WMC in Ha- 
waii. Here in Hawaii, where all races 
live in harmony, the WMC has the 
privilege of fellowship with all races. 
We have Caucascans, Hawaiians, 
Chinese and Japanese, housewives 
and working mothers. The faithful- 
ness and cooperation on the part of 
each WMC member is a blessing 
from the Lord. 

Our monthlv meetings are held 
once a month on a Monday night. 
Mothers dress in their prettiest muu- 
mus. We have a different leader for 
each month's program with some of 
the ladies taking part in Scripture 
reading and Bible lessons. 

For the prayer circle we divide into 
groups. Scripture is read by our 
prayer chairman, Mrs. Violet Kimura. 
Prayer requests being made known, 
we go to the Lord at the altar of 
praver. The Lord has richly blessed 
in answering many prayers. 

We have a short business meeting 
conducted by our president, Mrs. 
Ruth Wagner. Refreshments are 
served bv the leader of the month. 

As we look forward to the New 
Year, may we as Christians rejoice in 
the hope of the coming of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. The Lord has richly 


President — Mrs. Thomas Hammers, Box 326. 
Winona Lake. Ind. 

First Vice President (Project), Mrs. Leslie 
Moore. Box 296, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Second Vice President (Program), Mrs. 
William H. Schaffer, 215 Arthur St., Kit- 
tanning, Pa. 

Secretary. Mrs. Jack Peters, 314 Dorches- 
ter St., Ashland, Ohio 

Assistant Secretary, Mrs. Williard Smith. 
400 Queen Street, Minerva, Ohio. 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Robert 
Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake. 

Literature Secretary, Mrs. Benjamin Hamil- 
ton, Box 701, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Editor, Mrs. Norman H. Uphouse. R.R. 3, 
Warsaw, Ind. 

Prayer Chairman. Miss Elizabeth Tyson, 
105 Seminary Dr.. Winona L,ake, Ind. 

SMM Patroness, Mrs. Ralph Hall, R.R. 3, 
Warsaw. Ind. 

blessed in the growth and in the 
membership. Because of the lack of 
help, we have discontinued the 
SMM. The grace of God kept our 
young girls from straying from His 
fold and has made it possible to have 
them as members of the WMC. The 
Lord led two of the girls to help with 
teaching the beginners in Sunday 
school, Wanda John, a high-school 
student, and Noreen Fuller, a junior 
high student. Both are doing a won- 
derful job working together. 

We had the privilege of having 
two of our older boys in the Novem- 
ber program. Since this was the time 
of Thanksgiving and praise, the 
leader of the month surprised the 
ladies by inviting the bovs. Much to 
our surprise, William Grace and 
Dave Kimura were bold enough to 
stand up for Jesus and took part in 
the program. We thank the Lord for 
these young people who are willing 
to ser\e the Lord and to be a witness 
and a testimony. 

The Lord has richly and abundant- 
ly supplied our financial needs and 
offerings to the WMC are being sent 
out faithfully by our treasurer, Mrs. 
Valentine Grace. 

The WMC members manifesting 
Christ pray hearts will draw nigh 
to Him by the reading of His Word 
and in faithful prayers. 

God in His Word tells us to lift 
our eyes, and look on the fields, 
for they are white already to harvest. 
May we all rejoice in His strength 
in Isaiah 40:31: "They that wait 
upon the Lord shall renew their 
strength; they shall mount up with 
wings as eagles; they shall run, and 
not be weary; and they shall walk, 
and not faint. T 


The WMC executive committee 
met at Winona Lake, Indiana, March 
4 and 5, 1965. They are pictured 
below in the home of Mrs. Thomas 

Left to right: Mrs. William Schaffer, Mrs. 
Robert Ashman, Mrs. Jack Peters. Mrs. Wil- 
liard Smith. 

Left to right Miss Elizabeth Tyson, Mrs. 
Benjamin Hamilton, Mrs Ralph Hall. Mrs. 
Norman Uphouse, Mrs. Thomas Hammers. 

Called . . . 

(Continued from -page 23) 
picture of Allan Bennett that I had 
carried around as a child. In surprise 
I asked, "Where did you get that 
picture?" Then for the first time I 
learned that we were going out under 
the same mission board as our be- 
loved Allan had many years previous- 
ly. It seemed to me as if the Lord 
were saying: "You are going in his 
place." "He being dead yet speaketh"! 
We have been serving the Lord 
here in Africa for over 18 years. 
Many buildings have been built, and 
also, praise the Lord, many have 
found Christ as Saviour through the 
years because we came. It is a privi- 

lege to serve Christ wherever He 

We are now at Boguila, our medi- 
cal center, to build a dental unit for 
Dr. Robbins. I am looking forward 
once again to visiting the villages 
around Boguila, where I had classes 
eight or ten years ago. Many found 
the Lord then, and I ask you all to 
pray that many more might find Llim 
as Saviour and also make Him Lord 
of their lives. I will also be helping 
in classes on the station. 

We send you all our greetings, and 
pray that you in the WMC who are 
mothers might be blessed by your 
children also being chosen by God to 
serve Him in Africa. ▼ 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 


"I don't think I'll be here Sunday 
night to quiz, Mrs. Brenneman," 
Coco told me. Mv mouth flew open 
—speechless. Why not? After all, 
we had practiced months for the big 
quiz when the national Brethren 
quiz team would be here in Puerto 
Rico. Coco had the whole chapter 
memorized. He was a good quiz- 
zer. Why was he not going to be 

Well, there was to be a big-title 
boxing match at the stadium. His 
grandfather was taking him. He had 
agreed to go— but on Saturday night. 
Now the fight had been postponed 
until Sunday night. 

Coco wanted to quiz, really, and 
had been working to be a quick quiz- 
zer. What should he do? Just a week 
until the quiz. . . . 

In our family devotions we made 
it a definite matter of prayer. The 
four girls on the national quiz team 
joined us in prayer, for we all real- 
ized the struggle Coco was having. 
Every prayer uttered from our home 
mentioned Coco. 

Sunday morning came. Coco still 
was undecided. Should the Lord 
come first? He asked me to tell him 
what to do. I said that he would have 
to make the decision and that we 
were all praying for him. Coco went 

to Pastor Brenneman for an answer, 
and he got the same response. He left 
church confused, quiet, and thinking. 
He could not eat lunch. He paced 
the floor at home. 

About three o'clock that afternoon, 
our phone rang. Pastor Brenneman 
answered. It was Coco. We all held 
our breath and prayed. Would the 
Lord give Coco the spiritual strength 
to turn down his grandfather's in 

^^K^^^^ ^^ 


Mrs. Brenneman 


vitation? The smile on Pastor Bren- 
neman's face told us. Coco would 

And he did. 

Sunday night, Coco joined the 
Puerto Rico quiz team in his regular 
place. The quiz began. This was all 
new for our Puerto Rican young peo- 
ple, for they had never quizzed be- 
fore. Coco even answered questions, 
and at the end of 24 questions, the 
teams were tied. But the North At- 
lantic team took the lead in the five 
extra play-off questions. 

Our young people certainly re- 
ceived a great blessing from this 
quiz and from the fellowship with the 
young people from the States. 

But better yet was the joy in our 
hearts to say again, "Thank you. 
Lord, for giving Coco the spiritual 
victory and answering prayer." 

The story wouldn't be complete 
without this note. The title boxing 
match was shown over T.V. the next 
night, and Coco got to see that- 
even better than if he had been there 
in person. With a victorious smile 
on his face Coco said, "It sure is 
better to put God first." 

I shall never forget this experience 
with our quiz in Puerto Rico, for we 
all saw the Lord's leading and the vic- 
tories won. ▼ 

April 3, 7965 


Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 


News Items 

RIALTO, CALIF.-The Senior 
SMM had an enjoyable time at a 
slumber party, completing their work 
project of making aprons for their 
nursery attendants. 

DAYTON, OHIO-One of the 
projects of a busy SMM group from 
the Englewood Grace Brethren 
Church is sending a box of bath 
powder and a piece of jewelry as a 
birthday remembrance to the mission- 
ary girls in the foreign fields. One of 
the SMM girls also writes a letter. 

Prior to their February meeting, the 
Junior SMM met and prepared a 
spaghetti dinner. They were able to 
enjoy all of their hard work in this 
part of the program. 

combined Litde Sister-Middler SMM 
reports this interesting presentation 
of SMM to their church. Each girl 
was dressed in her SMM uniform, 
consisting of a green skirt, white 
blouse, and green bolero with SMM 
embroidered on it. A regular meeting 
was presented with each girl taking 
a specific part. The girls entered the 
auditorium to the theme song, 
"Daughters of the King." They were 


Vice President — Ruth Aim Rogers. Route 
2. Duncansville, Pennsylvania 

Secretary — Janice Campbell, 1100 East 
Eighth Avenue, Johnson City. Tennessee 

Literature Secretary — Sandra Bums, c/o 
Brethren Youth Council, Box 365. Winona 
Lake, Indiana 

Devotional Program Chairman — Mrs. Thom- 
as Inman, 590 S. Dale Court, Denver, 

followed by their princess, dressed 
in a white dress with gold cape and 
rhinestone tiara. SMM pennants were 
presented to the recent members. 

day evening, January 31, the Sister- 
hood girls held their first installation 
service. The program was designed 
to show the parents and friends in 
the church what SMM is like and 

what is done at the monthly meet- 
ings. The new officers are Sharon 
Terrell, president; Linda Shaw, vice 
president; Cathy Poston, secretary; 
Susan Rike, treasurer; and Lynn Ter- 
rell, songleader. The group has nine 
members and an average attendance 
of 12. As one project they cleaned 
the church nursery and waxed the 

^he cJHeamng of Ousted 

See yonder, the three crosses on the hill? 
The one in the center held Him who couldn't share 
The sins that He bore at His Father's will; 
And it was for me that He hung there. 

Death completed its mission and left much despair 
In the hearts of all who loved Him so. 
They placed Him in a tomb with great care, 
But His death was not forever, we know. 

The third day broke with a ray of light. 

Which only the risen Saviour could bring. 

Victory over death and tomb was gained by holy might; 

And I rejoice, for now my sin-free heart can sing! 

—Nancy Jo Schultz 
Buchanan, Michigan 

All SMM's finishing their 

should send a report of what they have done to the project 

Miss Ruth Ann Rogers 

Route 2 

Duncansville, Pennsylvania, 

Please turn these in to Ruth Ann by July 1, 1965, so 
that they may be included in a report to be given at na- 
tional conference. 


Brethren Missionary Herald 



PRAY that God may restore health 
to Miss Ruth Snyder, who is on emer- 
gency medical furlough in the U.S., 
and make possible her quick return 
to her work in Africa. 

PRAISE the Lord for our fine new 
Argentine national youth organiza- 
tion, and pray for this group as youth 
rallies and spiritual retreats are held 
and new local groups are formed. 

PRAY that God's will may be made 
evident in the availability of land for 
building our two Hawaii churches. 

PRAY for the interdenominational 
Christian workers retreat scheduled 
for May 3 to 5 at the Chateau in 
France, when a study will be made 
of methods for reaching the youth of 
that land. 

PRAY for the students and teach- 
ers of the Bible institute in Tijuana, 
Mexico, as in mid-April they begin 
the second half of their school year. 


PRAY for the ministry of Evan- 
gelist Ron Thompson in Albany and 
Portland, Oregon, in the month of 
April and in Cheyenne, Wyoming, 
the first part of May. 

PRAY that the burden of soul- 
winning may be kept upon the 
hearts of our people. 


PRAY that all the students mav 
return to school safely following the 
Easter vacation. School reopens April 

PRAY that all the seniors in the 
college and seminary may be able 
to complete their work successfully 
before graduation day. May 27. 

PRAY for the plans now being 
made for Commencement Week, that 
this week may be the climax to a 
glorious year. 

PRAY that the financial needs of 
the schools all may be met to the 
glory of God. 

PRAY that the young people of 
our Brethren churches who will be 
graduating from high schools and 
colleges may make the right decisions 
regarding further education. 


PRAY for the new Elizabethtown, 
Pennsylvania, branch of the Lan- 
caster church just getting underway. 

PRAY for the Gallon, Ohio, build- 
ing program soon to get started with 
the Brethren Construction Company 

PRAY that a record Easter at- 
tendance will produce some excellent 
prospects for home-mission churches. 

PRAY for the Navajo A4ission 
Boarding School children who have 
not yet made a decision for Christ, 
that thev v\'ill do so before the school 
year ends. 

PRAY that the decisions made at 
the spring board meeting will re- 
sult in a greater testimony for Christ 
in America. 


PRAY for a real concern in ever)' 
Sunday school for their own com- 

PRAY for the Spring Loyalty Cam- 
paign to be held during the five 
Sundays in May. 

PRAY that Vacation Bible School 
plans now being made may bring 
fruitful results for Christ. 

PRAY that every Sunday school 
may feel a financial responsibility 
to the National Sunday School 
Board in 1965. 

PRAY that the itineration work 
of the director may give encourage- 
ment and help to Brethren Sunday 


PRAY that more of our WMC 
women will be willing to be SMM 

PRAY for all the girls and women 

who will be preparing plans and pro- 
grams for our SMM at national con- 

PRAY that our SMM girls will 
invite unsaved ones to their meet- 
ings and witness daily for their Lord. 


PRAY that each WMC member 
may actively manifest Christ to her 
neighbors and win them for Him. 

PRAY that the Lord will lay a 
real burden on our hearts for our 
home and foreign missionaries, and 
ask Him to give us a personal, vital 
interest in their needs. 

PRAY that more of our WMC 
groups will participate in the keep- 
ing of the 15th of every month as a 
day of prayer for missions and the 
needs of our local churches. 


PRAY for the Indiana District 
quiz team as they travel to Puerto 
Rico April 2. Let's pray for decisions 
for Christ. 

PRAY that the heavy financial 
needs of the Youth Council will be 
met throughout the coming months. 

PRAY that all of our young peo- 
ple will seek God's will as to their 
future education and service. 


PRAISE the Lord for the increase 
in Herald magazine subscriptions 
during the past few months. 

PRAY for God's blessing upon the 
preparation of a special visitation 
brochure, which is being planned for 
publication May 29, 1965. 

PRAY for Brethren Sunday-school 
writers as they prepare manuscripts 
for future quarterlies. 


PRAISE the Lord for the won- 
derful response from our Brethren 
people on Evangelism Sunday, as 
laymen took charge of services to 
emphasize the work of evangelism. 

PRAY that laymen across the 
country will be burdened to support 
the general fund and the scholarship 

April 3, 1965 



SIMI, CALIF. The Simi Commu- 
nity Brethren Church observed its 
third anniversary on Feb. 7. Sunday- 
school attendance was 88, highest 
since 100 attended the first anni- 
versary service. A basket dinner was 
enjoyed in the afternoon at a local 
park club-house. On March 1 Pastor 
Elmer Fricke, previously ser\'ing in 
a part-time capacity, assumed the 
duties of the church on a full-time 
basis. The congregation is looking 
forward to the beginning of construc- 
tion on the educational facilities. 

GALION, OHIO. Sunday serv- 
ices of 1964 brought 50 public de- 
cisions at Grace Brethren Church, 
19 of which were decisions for sal- 
vation. Twenty-seven new members 
were added in this same time, and 
annual giving increased 300 per cent 
in just two years. Eighty were present 
in Sunday school on Feb. 7. Ground- 
breaking ceremonies for the new 
church building will be held this 
spring. Alva L. Conner, pastor. 

GARWIN, IOWA. Rev. Richard 
Sellers was the special speaker dur- 
ing an eight-day series of evangelistic 
meetings at the Carlton Brethren 
Church. During the meetings eight 
first-time decisions and three rededi- 
cations were recorded. Milt Ryerson 
is pastor. 

WHEATON, ILL. Recent speak- 
ers at Grace Brethren Church include 
Dr. Orville Jobson, missionary to 
Africa, and Rev. Clyde Landrum, as- 
sistant secretary of the Brethren For- 
eign Missionary Society. There were 
47 in attendance at the chartering 
service of the new Christian Service 
Brigade. Dean Fetterhoff, pastor. 

ARVADA, COLO. A dedication 
service for the new building and 
equipment of Grace Brethren Church 

was held Sunday afternoon, March 
14. Dedication speaker was Dr. Paul 
R. Bauman, vice president of Le- 
Tourneau College, Longview, Tex. 
Bill McKillen is pastor. 

LANSING, MICH. The highest 
attendance in the history of Grace 
Brethren Church was reached Feb. 
21 in their concluding service with 
Evangelist Ding Teuling. The pre- 
vious high of 163 was raised to 198. 
The church recently welcomed six 
new members. J. Ward Tressler, pas- 

Grace Brethren Church of Greater 
Washington has been offering an 
accredited 12-vveek course of the 
Evangelical Teachers Training As- 
sociation. The recent missionary con- 
ference featured Dr. and Mrs. Job- 
son, Miss Marv Gripe, and Rev. and 
Mrs. Edward Mensinger. A Brigade 
"Dads and Boys" banquet was held 
Feb. 26. Congratulations to Miss Do- 
lores Ann Vance, member of the 
church, who won the award at her 
high school for the "Homemaker of 
Tomorrow." James G. Dixon is pas- 

were four first-time decisions in the 
morning worship sen'ice of West- 
minster Brethren Church on Feb. 28. 
Robert W. Thompson, pastor. 

Schrock, Rev. Randall Maycumber, 
and Dr. and Mrs. Jobson were spe- 
cial speakers at the missionary con- 
ference of Grace Brethren Church, 
held Feb. 11 to 14. W. Carl Miller, 

of the First Brethren Church of 
Lyndhurst has been changed to the 
Lyndhurst Grace Brethren Church 
in an effort to identify it more readily 
with the denomination and with the 
community. Jesse B. Deloe, Jr., pas- 

gratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey 
Wirth, who celebrated their 50th 
wedding anniversary on March 13. 
Mr. and Mrs. Wirth are members of 
the Grace Brethren Church. Wes- 
ley Haller, pastor. 

ALBANY, OREG. A conference 
was held at Grace Brethren Church 
March 7 to 10 by Rev. and Mrs. Leo 
Polman, who supplied messages and 
vocal and instrumental music. Nel- 
son E. Hall, pastor. 

John Mayes, assistant pastor of the 
First Brethren Church, Long Beach, 
Calif., has accepted the call to pastor 
the First Brethren Church of Sunnv- 
side. He began his ministry April 1. 

breaking service for the new Brethren 
church at Beaverton was held Sunday 
afternoon, Feb. 28. The Beaverton 
work is a branch of the Portland 
church, pastored by Neil Beery. 

David Hocking reports continuing 
growth in the newest Brethren 
church in the Northern Ohio Dis- 
trict. Sunday-school attendance on 
Feb. 21 was the highest thus far— 65, 
and the attendance in the morning 
worship service was 71. 

gelism Sunday, Feb. 28, Mr. Joe 
Dombek, chalk artist from the Win- 
ona Lake Brethren Church, presented 
the gospel in sacred art at the First 
Brethren Church here. Another re- 
cent speaker was Rev. Randall May- 
cumber, missionary to Brazil. Ken- 
neth Ashman, pastor. 


program of sacred music was pre- 
sented at Grace Brethren Church by 
the "Men of Malone," the Malone 
College men's Glee Club, under the 
direction of John Bartlett. Wesley 
Haller, pastor. 

BERNE, IND. A prophetic Bible 
conference was held at Bethel Breth- 
ren Church Feb. 28 to March 7 
by Rev. Nathan Meyer, Brethren 
evangelist and Bible teacher. Kenneth 
E. Russell, pastor. 

PORTLAND, OREG. A steward- 
ship conference under the direction 
of Rev. and Mrs. Leo Polman was 
held at Grace Brethren Church Feb. 
28 to March 3. Neil L. Beery, pastor. 

NOTICE: Brethren churches are 
urged to care for pastors' and dele- 
gates' expenses for the 1965 national 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

conference in order that each church 
will be represented. A number of 
churches have voted to put $500 in 
the church budget for the pastor's 
conference expenses this year. A 
token amount has also been sug- 
gested for lay delegates. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Eleven new 
members were received into the fel- 
lowship of First Brethren Church on 
Feb. 21 and 28. G. Forrest Jackson, 

Westmont College Quartet presented 
an evening of sacred music at the 
Community Grace Brethren Church 
on Feb. 28. Gene Klingler, pastor. 

FORT WAYNE, IND. March 26 
was the date of the missionary ban- 
quet of Grace Brethren Church. Fea- 
tured speakers of the evening were 
Rev. and Mrs. Scott Weaver, of 
Osceola, Ind. Paul Fink, pastor. 

Road Grace Brethren Church observ- 
ed a Christian Education Sunday on 
March 7; a girls' trio from Grace Col- 
lege supplied special music, and Rev. 
Thomas Hammers, representing 
Grace Schools, presented the morn- 
ing message. A carry-in dinner was 
held at noon. Gene E. Witzky, pas- 

eign, home, and district missions con- 
ference was held at First Brethren 
Church in March. Rev. and Mrs. 
Don Miller, Rev. and Mrs. Martin 
Garber, and Rev. Marvin Goodman 
represented Africa; Rev. Don Bishop 
represented Argentina; Rev. Bruce 
Button represented Jewish missions; 
Dr. Glenn O'Neal represented dis- 
trict missions and Hawaii; and Mr. 
Knox Dunaway, a layman recently 
returned from a missions tour of the 
Orient, gave a report on the situation 
there. Richard P. DeArmey is pastor. 

VANDALIA, OHIO. The ladies 
of Vandalia Grace Brethren Church 
sponsored a recent banquet for the 
men and boys of the church. Rev. 
Larry Gegner, pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Trotwood, Ohio, 
was special speaker. Sherwood V. 
Durkee, pastor. 


man Hoyt, president of Grace Col- 
lege and Seminary, presented a series 
of messages recently at First Brethren 
Church on "The Most Significant 
Signs of the Lord's Near Return." 
True L. Hunt, pastor. 

gratulations to Richard Dick, son of 
Pastor and Mrs. Paul E. Dick of First 
Brethren Church, who was given the 
outstanding player of the year award 
by a newspaper in the area. He was 
also selected for the Northwest IB 
Basketball Team All-Star aggregation 
for the 1964-65 season. 

ELKHART, IND. Items of in- 
terest at Grace Brethren Church dur- 
ing March include a midweek service 
with Rev. and Airs. Edward Men- 
singer, missionaries under appoint- 
ment to Africa; a presentation of 
Grace Schools by Rev. Thomas Ham- 
mers and a Grace College musical 
group; and the Moody film, "City of 
the Bees." Gordon W. Bracker, pas- 

churches across the nation are ex- 
pressing a keen interest in this year's 
Vacation Bible School materials. 
Orders are arriving daily at the Mis- 
sionary Herald, and the filmstrips 
explaining the courses are in constant 
demand. Don't he disappointed! 
Order your needs early— remember, 
you pay no postage or handling 
charges when you order from the 
Missionary Herald, and you also re- 
ceive full credit for all leftover un- 
used items. Your patronage is appre- 
ciated, and the proceeds are used in 
the ministry of the printed page. 

ert McCormick assumed pastoral re- 
sponsibilities at Grace Brethren 
Church in March with the expecta- 
tion of supporting himself to a large 
extent. Attendance reached a record 
110 on the first anniversary Sunday, 
Feb. 7. 

24 First Brethren Church was run- 
ning short of its 1965 general fund 
budget. For three weeks the 1965 
Stewardship Advance had been in 
progress. To climax the Advance, 
Rev. and Mrs. Leo Polman were in- 
vited to particip.ite m the services 

Jan. 31. On that day the general 
fund offering totaled $528.60, putting 
the church $47.60 over the budget. 
Five weeks later they were $307.98 
over the budget, with increases also 
in Sunday-school offerings and mis- 
sionary giving. Robert E. A. Miller 
is pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Associate pas- 
tor John Schumacher has resigned 
his position at Patterson Park Breth- 
ren Church and has reapplied for 
active duty In the Army chaplaincy. 
Nathan Casement, pastor. 

as Rev. William Gray has resigned 
as pastor of First Brethren Church, 
it is suggested that all church mail 
be sent to the church secretary, Miss 
Dorma Jean Hoblit, R.R. 1, Ludlow 
Falls, Ohio. 

Sturz, a member of First Brethren 
Church, recently won first place in 
Paramount schools in the Lions Club 
Speech Meet. Raymond W. Thomp- 
son, pastor. 

eight awards were made at First 
Brethren Church to individuals who 
had been present in Sunday school at 
least fifty Sundays during the past 
year. Robert D. Crees, pastor. 

Rev. and Mrs. Leo Polman recently 
held a Christian stewardship con- 
ference at Grace Brethren Church. 
Several decisions of dedication to the 
Lord were made. A prophetic Bible 
conference was conducted March 7 
to 13 by Rev. and Mrs. R. I. Hum- 
berd. Emlyn H. Jones, pastor. 

Brethren High School choir, directed 
bv Miss Carleda Hutton, sang in 
the evening service of North Long 
Beach Brethren Church on March 
14. George O. Peek, pastor. 

and Mrs. Randall L. Rossman, 2309 
Broad Ave., Altoona, Pa. 16601. 
Please change Annual. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. Pastor Don 
Rough, of the Riverside Brethren 
Church, has begun a weekly teach- 
ers training class for workers in the 

April 3, 1965 


zLalm Sunday 

By Horace Mobler 

Here comes the King! 
Impressively He rides, 

but not upon a prancing steed 

as man of war, or King of kings 

or Lord of lords— 
^Yet nonetheless in regal majesty sublime— 
f'And solemnly surveys from the low saddle 

of an ass's colt 
f^The loud acclaim, the frantic worship 

of the leaping cro\\'ds. 

He rides into Jerusalem! 

The avenue is paved with softness! 

The cobblestones are festooned on this 

festal day! Palm leaves, white scarves, 

red turbans, cloaks of royal purple 

make the road; 
While curious natives line the way 

and ask each other: 
"Who is this? What famous person 

comes to town today?" 

And in their beards. 

The arch-protectors of the Law gi^■e vent, 

in curses low, to sore displeasure . . . 

then righteously break forth: "O Rabbi! 
On David's hill we make less noise than this— 

silence these crowds that follow you!" 
But Zion's King in matchless dignity replies: 
"If these were stilled, the very rocks 

would split your ears with praise." 

And then— amazing thing! 
That piercing gaze melts down 

in bubbling tears! That kingly brow 

gives way to shaking sobs! 
And God, who made the world, who came 

to town to save His own. 
With wailing words, in tearful tones, rides on, 

and sighs, between His sobs: 
"If you had only known!" 


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Grandview, Wash. 
Hagerstown, Md. 
Sunnyside, Wash. 
Hagerstown, Md. 


Mansfield, Ohio 

Martinsburg, Pa. 
Harrah, Wash. 
Hagerstown, Md. 
Spokane, Wash. 

Date Pastor S-peaker 

April 4-7 George Christie Leo Polman 

April 7-11 Robert Collitt Dr. Jack Murray 

April 11-14 John Mayes Leo Polman 

April 11-18 G. Lingenfelter . Nathan Meyer 

April 11-18 

April 11-18 

April 18-21 

April 22-23 

April 25-28 

M. L. Myers . 
John Terrell 
Howard Snively 
Robert Collitt 
David Thompson 

Lester Pifer 
Herb Hoover 
Leo Polman 
Bob Manderson 
Leo Polman 

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Yolanda Kaye Gibson and Edward 
Allen Hatcher, Feb. 6, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Covington, Va. 

Linda Holmes and Wavne Sieveke, 
Feb. 14, First Brethren Church, 
Grandview, Wash. 

Pauline Eshleman and Orville 
Mitchell, March 6, Calvar\' Breth- 
ren Church, Hagerstown, Md. 

Dorothy Lamon and Arthur Pro- 
bert, March 13, Third Brethren 
Church, Philadelphia, Pa. 

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Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

LINE, Harry W., was called home 
to be with the Lord Feb. 17. He w^as 
a faithful member of Calvarv Breth- 
ren Church, Hagerstown, Md. 

Galen Lingenfelter, pastor. 

WALKER, Mrs. Fanny, 65, pass- 
ed away on Feb. 21. Her part in the 
work of the La Loma Grace Brethren 
Church of Modesto, Calif., dates 
back to the early years of its exis- 
tence. J. Paul Miller, pastor. 

McFARLAND, Mrs. Mary, 81, 

went to be with the Lord on Feb. 24. 

She was a faithful member of First 

Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Charles W. Mayes, pastor. 

SINK, Rev. David, 91, died Feb. 
26. He had a rich background in the 
Christian ministry and was a great 
encouragement to the congregation 
at the La Loma Grace Brethren 
Church of Modesto, Calif. 

J. Paul Miller, pastor. 

MAGFRS, Miss Wilma, 75, died 
in February after a prolonged illness. 
A public school teacher. Miss Mag- 
ers also taught for many vears in the 
Sunda\' school of Danville Brethren 
Church, Danville, Ohio, and served 
as church secretary-treasurer. Fu- 
neral services were held Feb. 28 by 
the pastor. Edv\'ard Wingard, pastor. 

C APRON, Harvey, 81, passed 
away on Feb. 27. He was a respected 
and loved member of the La Loma 
Grace Brethren Church, Modesto, 
Calif. J. Paul Miller, pastor. 


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The resurrection of Jesus 
Christ, the Son of God, from 
among the dead proves that 
the greatest confUct in history 
was won by Christ in behalf 
of men. 

Because of His death and 
resurrection, it is possible for 
you and me to know the joys 
of sins forgiven and the assur- 
ance of eternal life here below. 
Because Christ lives He says: 
"I am the resurrection, and 
the life: he that believe th on 
me, though he die, yet shall he 
live" (John 11:25, R.V.). 
Have you been passing up 
eternal life through faith in 
the Lord Jesus Christ? 

After His sacrificial death on the cross of Calvary, when in those dark hours He was 
judged by God for your sin, God's blessed Son was placed in a new tomb. But His enemies 
set up a guard at the tomb and sealed it with a Roman seal, lest His body be taken away. 

Three days later, on the resurrection morning, the angel's message was this: "Fear 
not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as 
he said" (Matt. 28:5-6). 

Christ arose from the dead! He who was "made sin for us, that we might be made the 
righteousness of God in him," was accepted by God. The "Lamb of God that taketh away 
the sin of the world" had successfully carried out the work His Father sent Him to do. 

Now the message of the Bible to you is: "If thou shalt confess v/ith thy mouth the 
Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou 
shalt be saved" (Rom. 10:9). 

"Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, 
seeing he ever liveth" (Heb. 7:25). Because Jesus Christ lives in heaven, those who trust 
Him for salvation have the assurance that they will live with Him also. "I am the resur- 
rection and the life: he that believeth on me, though he die, yet shall he live." Open your 
mind and heart and receive the Son of God as your Saviour. — Clyde H. Dennis 

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as the increase of population. We 
need men in The Brethren Church. 
We have churches today without an 
undershepherd. This is a real tragedy. 
What can we do about the present 

We can PRAY. Our Lord Jesus 
Christ said, "The harvest truly is 
plenteous, but the labourers are few; 
pray ye therefore the Lord of the 
harvest, that he will send forth la- 
bourers into his harvest." 

Donald Bishop, one of our mission- 
aries who is now at home on fur- 
lough, told the people at the Grace 
Brethren Church (W. 10th St.) in 
Ashland, Ohio, during our missionary 
conference that this church in its 
early beginning saw the challenge of 
this great verse. He said that often 
the lavmen of the church would meet 
together and plead to God that He 
give them 30 men from the church 
to go into full-time service for Christ. 
I do not know if the 30 were sup- 
plied, but an encouraging number of 
young men from this church are to- 
day serving the Lord on the mission 
field and in the pastorate. The pas- 
tor and the people should spend 
much time praying for our young 
people that the Lord will direct some 
of them into His work. 

We can PROMOTE this high 
calling. I am confident that there 
are many sacrifices that one must 
make as he serves the Lord in full- 
time service. However, the people of 
our Fellowship could greatly help in 
making this work more appealing to 
our young people. 

We can point out to our young 
people that when sacrifice is involved, 
God pays a high rate of interest, as 
far as a heavenly revv'ard is concern- 
ed, for those who serve the Lord full 
time. Our Lord said, "And every one 
that hath forsaken houses, or breth- 
ren, or sisters, or father, or mother, 
or wife, or children, or lands, for my 
name's sake, shall receive an hundred- 
fold, and shall inherit everlasting 

The laity should be very careful 
that they do not serve "roast preacher" 
to their children during the week 
and especially on Sundays after the 
services. On the other hand, the 
pastor should guard against discussing 
the problems of his congregation, his 

sometimes meager salary, and so 
forth, in the presence of his children. 
True Christian love for pastor and 
people does not behave itself this 
wav. The indiscretion of the above 
has been used of Satan in keeping 
our young men from making their de- 
cision to serve Christ full time. 

We can PERFECT. Paul said to 
young Timothy, "And the things that 
thou hast heard of me among many 
witnesses, the same commit thou to 
faithful men, who shall be able to 
teach others also." Paul had spent 
much time in the spiritual develop- 
ment of young Timothy. We as the 
pastor and people should work at this 
tedious, but greatly rewarding, job 
of perfecting our young people. 

We should encourage them all 
that we can. We should use them in 
our services as much as possible. Fu- 
ture doctors serve in hospitals for 

a certain period of time in order to 
get experience. Young men are greatlv 
encouraged when they have the op- 
portunity of serving in our churches 
during their school years. We should 
encourage them to get all the educa- 
tion that thev can. We should insist 
on the Christ-centered college and 
seminary. We should praise our Lord 
that we have Grace College and 
Seminary to recommend to our young 

I don't believe that the words of 
Ezekiel 22:30 are apropos today, "And 
I sought for a man among them, 
that should make up the hedge, and 
stand in the gap before me for the 
land, that I should not destrov it: 
but I found none." I believe that the 
young people are in our churches, 
but we must pray, promote, and 
perfect in order to get them into 
God's perfect plan for their life. T 

April 3, J 965 


Can't Be Litterbugs! 

One criticism leveled against the 
Bible in these days is that it does not 
have a message for modern times. 
Critics charge the Bible with being 
concerned about the fast; i.e., the re- 
demptive purposes of God begun with 
the death of Christ on Calvary nine- 
teen hundred years back; or, being 
concerned about the future: the re- 
turn of Jesus Christ to complete 
Cod's work of redemption by estab- 
lishing true peace and righteousness 
in the world. But today, 1965, they 
contend, is not dealt with in the Holy 

One modern problem will show 
the falsity of such a charge. In the 
past twenty years a new word, "lit- 
terbug," has become a part of the 
vocabulary of every American. Work- 
men are emploved every day in col- 
lecting tons of rubbish from our high- 
ways, parks, and beaches. Any 
sports event is bound to produce a 
disgusting display of litter. This 
problem has become so critical that 
many of our states now have laws 
enforced bv fines against littering. 

In a few months many of us will 
be traveling the highways of Amer- 
ica to our 1965 national conference 
in Southern California. As typical 
Americans, we'll be in a rush to get 
there and back. We'll not stop for a 
leisurely lunch in a restaurant. To 
conserve time we'll only pause for 
a moment at one of those golden- 
arched drive-ins to purchase a sackful 
of hamburgs and french fries. As we 
journey on, our lunch now finished, 
what will we do with the wrappers: 
litter the highway? Or, in mid-after- 
noon, we may pause at one of those 
stands where dairy products are 
queen for a milk shake or sundae. 
Enjoying this snack as we continue 
our journey westward, what do we do 

with the container? Keep it until 
it can be placed in a trash receptacle, 
or do we again, like millions of our 
countrymen, litter the countryside? 
The Word of Cod reveals that such a 
practice cannot be the normal be- 
havior of a consistent Christian. Such 
littering is— 


This is God's world. "God saw 
every thing that he had made, and, 
behold, it was very good" (Gen. 1: 
31). He made the world a perfect 
and a pleasant place for man to live. 
Since it serves no useful purpose, lit- 
ter is ugly. Being unlike God, it can 
only be a reminder of sin. Sin is un- 
lovely, unattractive, and unprofitable. 
But our Cod is a Cod of beauty. As 
a Christian you disfigure the beautv 
of His creation when you throw a 
candy u'rapper out the window of 
vour speeding auto. 


It is now an offense against the 
laws of many states to litter the pub- 
lic highway and parks. Signs are 
springing up across America which 
state: "$50 Fine for Littering," "Lit- 
terbugs Pay Big Fines, " "State Law 
Against Littering," and so forth. The 
Scriptures remind the child of God 

By Rev. Wesley Holler 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Middlebranch, Ohio 

to live as a law-abiding citizen. "Sub- 
mit yourselves to every ordinance of 
man for the Lord's sake . . ." (I Pet. 
2:13). To toss trash from your car 
is to break the law. This harms one's 
testimony as a Christian. 


In most instances the person who 
makes a nuisance of himself by litter- 
ing never gives his objectionable act 
a thought. It is simply a careless 
habit. He does not intend to do any- 
thing wrong. If arrested for such a 
misdemeanor he would immediately 
say, "I never gave it a thought." How 
important it is in these days for a 
Christian to get his thought-life put 
straight and controlled by the Lord- 
ship of Jesus Christ over his life. 


To contend that littering is selfish- 
ness is beyond dispute. The uncon- 
scious attitude of many a Christian 
guilty of this sinful habit is this. 
"It's a hot day, I have bought some 
liquid refreshment or ice cream. I 
am going to enjoy it. The cup or 
wrapper must be discarded. I will 
throw it away and forget about it. 
This is all right. After all, the high- 
way worker and park attendant are 
paid to keep America beautiful." 
This is self-centeredness. And the 
Christian is to be influenced and 
dominated by Jesus Christ. He thinks 
of others. The born-again believer 
in Jesus Christ realizes that to per- 
mit the flesh to have dominance in 
his life, which, among other things, 
leads to littering, is to be guilty of 
offense against God. He knows the 
"I" in his life must be crossed out. 
Then with Paul he can say, "I have 
been crucified with Christ. So it is 
no longer I that live, but it is Christ 
\yho lives in me; and, as for my 
present earthly life, I am living it bv 
faith in the Son of Gnd, who loved 
me and gave himself for me" (Gal. 
2:20, The Twentieth Century New 

As you travel this summer to the 
anticipated spiritual blessings of our 
seventy-sixth annual conference, re- 
member: you are a child of God with 
a testimony to be maintained for 
Jesus Christ. Being controlled by the 
Holy Spirit, you will not toss any- 
thing from your automobile. A Chris- 
tian can't be a litterbug. T 



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April 17, 1965 


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Brethren Home Missions 

Ttie Dilemma in Locating a New Church 

Where shall we locate the new church? 

In the best possible location, of course! After its spirit- 
ual condition, the next most important thing about any 
new church is its location. The location must provide a 
potential growth factor. Othenvise, money spent for the 
church development is largely wasted. It must be acces- 
sible. It should be in a spot where the greatest possible 
number of people will see it each day. In fact, many of 
the rules for locating a successful business apply as 
well to the location of churches. They both aim to 
reach the largest possible number of people. 

We can find such church locations. But, how do we 
pay for them? 

In the past ten years, a surging land boom has hit 
America. Prices in the average city area have at least 
doubled and in many places have increased five times. 
The range in prices is wide. It is common for a realtor 
to quote $20,000 to $50,000 for one acre which would 
be considered an average, desirable church location. In 
new housing developments, where new churches often 
are located, prices of land have quadrupled in the last 
five years. 

What's behind this? 

Population growth is probably the biggest single fac- 
tor. Each year between three and four million more 
Americans are competing for elbow room. Between 1960 
and 1975, America will get a population increase of about 
fifty million, which is about the population of France. 
In southern California, land is being used at the rate of 
four to five hundred acres per day for urban expansion. 
This simply means increases in land prices. 

Inflation continually pushes these prices upward. In- 
vestors know that over the long haul, and under the 
present national economy, the dollar must depreciate in 
value. They also know that real assets, such as land, in- 
crease in value. So, they stampede to buy land, and 
prices go up. 

Put these and other factors together and you see the 
reasons for a certain continuing increase in land prices 
all over America. 

Where does the new church fit into this picture? 
When the cost of an acre or two of property is as great 


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or greater than the cost of the first unit of the church 
plant, the new church faces a very serious problem. 

This is the dilemma. Because of many economic and 
spiritual factors, if the church is to grow, it must have 
a good location, especially so in these days. Yet the 
church often has little or no money even to make a 
substantial down payment on such a location. 

This situation has been exploited by Satan to slow 
down and even, in some cases, to bring to a halt the 
church extension program of evangelical groups. It is 
one of the worst hindering factors in the Brethren home- 
mission program today. And it will become worse in the 

What can we do? 

First, we must realistically face the issue. Is this a 
problem, or isn't it? Ask the pastor of any new Brethren 
church how he feels about it. The dilemma is mighty 
real to him and his congregation. 

Second, whose problem is this? The new church's? 
The Brethren Home Missions Council's? Yes, and it is 
the problem of every Brethren church! It is our responsi- 
bility to help lift this heavy burden for our new churches. 
How can any Brethren church consistently take any other 

Third, all of us can certainly pray in the spirit of full 
faith in our Lord Jesus Christ that He can and will 
meet this critical and increasing need. This we can do 
without a vestige of discouragement. God is still on the 

Fourth, we can suggest ways for each Brethren 
church to use its resources to help meet this need. 

—Increasing the national home-mission offering will 
enable the Brethren Home Missions Council to give more 
financial help to new churches. 

—In addition to their offerings, older churches can 
help "mother" a branch church by purchasing a location 
in their community and paying for it. 

—An older church could give and borrow the money 
to pay for the location of a new Brethren church any- 
where in America. What a boon this would be to any 
new Brethren church! Many such opportunities are avail- 

—Beyond the regular home-mission offering, a national 
fund could be established into which personal and church 
offerings could go, designated specifically to help in the 
purchase of new church locations. 

—Laymen could invest in possible new church locations 
and hold them for future use, either as a gift, or for sale 
to a new church at the opportune time. 

All of us know that there are really no dilemmas with 
our Lord. He can extend His church at all times if His 
people are willing to see the need and then become in- 
volved in meeting it. T 

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Brethren Home Missions 

Arvada Church Dedicated on Historic Spot 

By J. C. McKillen, Pastor 

Dr. Paul R. Bauman, now admin- 
istrative vice president of LeTour- 
neau College at Longview, Texas, 
brought the dedicatory message on 
Sunday afternoon, March 14, for the 
Grace Brethren Church of Arvada, 
Colorado. As he spoke, it seemed 
highly appropriate that Hackberry 
Hill, so long ago designated by the 
Sioux Indians for peaceable assembly 
and worship, should now become the 
site of a Brethren church with the 
message of salvation. To a thoughtful 
and friendly group. Dr. Bauman 
brought the concept that it was up 
to each one of us to dedicate his own 
life to Christ's service. 

The day was warm, sunny, and 
muddv, with a predicted snow storm 
that was slow in arriving. Guests 
came to the dedication from long 
distances. Rev. and Mrs. Robert 
Whited, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Rev. 
and Mrs. Thomas Inman, Denver, 
Colorado; and Rev. Bob Wilson, of 
Pine Valley Community Church, 
along with friends who had once been 
active with us at Tucson, Arizona, 
shared in the dedication services. Two 
other Brethren ministers participated 
—Rev. Paul Eiselstein, director of 
Camp Id-Ra-Ha-Je, and Rev. Elmer 
Sachs, of Skypilots of America. 

Telegrams of congratulations were 
read from Rev. Sam Homey for the 
Spanish-American Brethren churches 
and from Rev. Harold Painter for the 
Silverbell Community Grace Breth- 
ren Church at Tucson. The silver 
bell on top of the Arvada building is 
the gift of that church. Russell West, 
Nick Montoya, and Jim Olive, rep- 
resenting the Brethren Laymen of 
the Mid-West District, presented the 
church with 40 new hymnals! 

Sometime in the early 1800's, ac- 
cording to Indian legends, there was 
an inter-tribal battle near the hill 
now occupied by the Grace Brethren 
Church at Arvada. Among the slain 
there was a great chief, who was 
given a chief's burial on the crest of 
this hill. In his pouch of medical and 
magical charms perhaps there were 
a few seeds of the hackberrv tree. 

Dr. Paul R. Bauman 
Dedication speal<er 

which is native to the Missouri Val- 
ley 600 miles eastward. In course of 
time, there sprouted from this grave 
a hackberry tree. Though never so 
much as 20 feet high, it stood out 
against the skv and became a land- 

November 29, 1936, and in the ar- 
chives of the Colorado Historical Mu- 
seum and the Denver and Arvada 
libraries. Until 1936 Wadsworth 
Boulevard bent in 'a wide circle 
around the base of Hackberry Hill. 
But that year, in a different kind of 
battle, the W.P.A. engineers defeated 
the Arvada Garden Club, backed by 
the Colorado Federation of Garden 
Clubs and the State Forestry Com- 
mission. Wadsworth Boulevard was 
cut straight through the hill. Per- 
mission was granted to move the an- 
cient tree to a park in Arvada. But 
the night before it was to be trans- 
planted, vandals hacked the tree to 
bits. The superstitious claimed that 
the Great Spirit did it to show dis- 

The Arvada church located on Hackberry Hill. 

mark. Wadsworth Boulevard is the 
ancient connecting link between two 
great east-west routes, which became 
the Oregon and the Santa Fe Trails 
of the white man. When the Fremont 
Expedition came through Colorado 
in 1843, Professor John Torrey, Gen- 
eral Fremont's naturalist, was greatly 
interested in this tree and made rec- 
ord of it. But, it was long before this 
that the Sioux Indians had designat- 
ed this area, Hackberry Hill, as a 
sacred spot. To it could come any 
and all tribes, of mountains and of 
plains, in safety to worship the Great 
Spirit, to hold pow-wows, to smoke 
the pipe of peace. No warfare was 
allowed here. 

The above is the gist of the ledgers 
and legends as traced in the Denver 
Post stories of April 2, 1933, and 

approval of the intrusion. But the 
stump bore the tell-tale marks of a 
rusty handsaw! 

There were neighbors and friends 
from Arvada present for the dedi- 
cation and among them four officers 
of the Arvada Garden Club. The 
president, Mrs. Lucy Roth, displayed 
their gavel made from a bit of the 
hackberry tree. It is a very blond 
wood and light in weight. We have 
been discussing with them the possi- 
bility that we might set aside a small 
plot at Wadsworth Boulevard and 
Seventy-first Avenue. Upon it, they 
would place a historical marker, 
probably a huge boulder with a com- 
memorative plaque and an overhang- 
ing hackberry tree. This group won 
an award recently for their work in 
beautifving both sides of Wadsworth 

April 17, 7965 

Brethren Home Missions 

Looking south from Hackberry Hill. 


Mrs. Harry Skinner, Mrs. Max 
Rollins and daughters Terry and 
Debra, Mrs. Ronald K. Powell, Miss 
June Ferguson, and Mrs. McKillen 
had abundant refreshments readv in 

the social hall on the lower floor. 
These were enjoyed briefly. Outside, 
the clouds were darkening, the wind 
was rising, there were warning snow- 
flakes in the air. We dispersed, feel- 
ing that it was, indeed, good to have 

been here, even better to feel that 
God had been here with us, best of 
all to feel that God had accepted 
these dedications and would work 
out His wav and His blessings on 
this historic site. T 

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Brethren Home Missions 

Rev. and Mrs. J. C. McKillen 

tzHome i^Jnlssion ^ield ifxepo^ts 

GEISTOWN, PA. (Randall Poy- 
ner, pastor). We do thank God for 
the 16 persons received into the 
membership of our church within 
the past two Sundays. We have been 
able to meet our building debt obli- 
gation every month for the last six 

Hocking, pastor). In the past couple 
months we have seen eight people 
receive Jesus Christ as their personal 
Saviour. We are being limited in 

growth due to inadequate facilities 
and would appreciate your prayers 
for a larger meeting place. 

ler, pastor). Praise the Lord for eight 
outward decisions and five new mem- 
bers added thus far this quarter 
(March 18). We have seen real faith- 
fulness in our visitation evangelism 
program here. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. (Special). 

Miss Louise Blankenship, book- 
keeper for The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council, was called to Hunts- 
ville, Alabama, for the funeral of a 
three-year-old grandnephew who 
went to bed apparently feeling well 
but became ill and went to be with 
the Lord before morning on March 
24, 1965. 

GAUON, OHIO (AlVa Conner, 
pastor). Our church building plans 
have been completed by the home 
missions architect, Ralph C. Hall, 
and we are working on our goal to 
see the church location, costing 
$13,000, paid for by the time the 
Brethren construction crew arrives in 
May. To date (March 1, 1965) we 
have received $8,824.50 and have 
$4,273.50 yet to raise. 

SUMMERDALE, N. ]. (Lester 
Smitlev, pastor). Sunday services 
were started November 1, 1964, here 
in Summerdale. The group is meet- 
ing in the Community Fire Hall. It is 
a project of the North Atlantic Dis- 
trict Mission Board. 

Bate, secretary). Our building is pro- 
gressing extremely well, thanks to the 
blessmg of the Lord. We have the 
roof and plumbing installed. We are 
installing the windows and siding 
this weekend (March 20). The 
building is ready for the electrician to 
do his work. The Lord willing, we 
plan to hold the first service in it on 
April 11. 

(Robert Salazar, pastor). We just 
concluded a week of special meetings 
with Rev. Robert Thompson, of 
Westminster, California (March 14- 
21). It proved to be a great blessing, 
with 21 decisions being made during 
the week. The average attendance tor 
the services was 68. We have been 
averaging eighty to ninety for the 
Sunday morning services during this 

Christie, pastor). We are in the midst 
of our meetings with Evangelist Ron 
Thompson and already have seen 13 
decisions. Continue to pray for the 
West Richland Sunday School, a 
branch of our church here. 

April 17, 1965 

Brethren Home Missions 

An Approved Workman 

Is this not the desire of each 
child of God— to be an approved 

Certainly this is the desire of God 
for His children. "Do your best to 
present yourself to God an approved 
workman who has nothing to be 
ashamed of, who properly presents 
the message of truth" (II Tim. 2:15, 
Williams Translation). 

From infancy in the Christian ex- 
perience, God expects His child to 
grow in grace and in the knowledge 
of the Lord Jesus Christ (II Pet. 3: 

In addition to this spiritual knowl- 
edge and an increasing intimacv with 
the Saviour, the believer should con- 
stantly consider improved wavs and 
means of doing God's work. Using 
the archaic methods of other davs 
will leave the church in Satan's dust. 
While he uses all modern media to 

promote his doctrines, the church 
often plods along in the "horse and 
buggy" days. 

In Brethren Home Missions, we 
realize both of these great needs. We 
are helping to fulfill these purposes 
of God through the Brethren home- 
mission workshops. Each year all of 
the 126 Brethren home missionaries 
are brought together for three davs 
of intensive instruction, prayer, and 
Bible study. 

All aspects of the work of the local 
church are discussed. The pastor's 
personal life and ministry are placed 
under the scrutiny of the Word of 
God. Men of experience in the var- 
ious facets of Christian service pre- 
sent new wavs of getting the old 
job done— evangelizing lost souls. 
The operation of a modern, complex 
church organization is inspected and 
modified v\'ith a view toward mak- 

ing the organizations serve the Lord 
instead of having the people serve 
the organization. Onlv thus can the 
church achieve maximum results for 
Christ. The absolute and complete 
authority of the Bible in all Christian 
endeavor is firmly established. 

This vear, the Brethren Navajo 
Mission and the Grace Brethren 
Church of Canton, Ohio, received 
the western and the eastern work- 
shops with true Christian hospitality. 

A genuine spiritual revival was 
ignited in the hearts of the Lord's 
servants in both workshops which 
will certainly be reflected in their 
ministry for His glory. Those who 
attended were heard to say, "One of 
the greatest blessings of my entire 
ministry," or, "I have a new vision 
of what God wants me to do," or, 
"I'm going back to my church with a 
new determination to win souls to 

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Brethren Missionary Herald 

Brethren Home Missions 

Eastern Home Mission Workshop 


Grace Brethren Churcl 

1, Canton, Ohio March 23, 24, 25, 1965 






Pastor and Stewards 

Pastor and Ushers 

Pastor and 

Lester E. Pifer 

Lester E. Pifer 

Lester E. Pifer 


Building the Church 

Through Visitation 

L. L. Grubb 

L. L. Grubb 

L. L. Grubb 







Funeral Director 

Testimony Time 


and Pastor 

Mr. Cletus Reed 





Dr. Ralph Stoll 

Dr. Ralph Stoll 

Dr. Ralph Stoll 






Boy's Brigade Work 

Building Facilities 

Discussion and 

Mr. Larry Byrer 

Ralph C. Hall 



Pastor as a Christian 

Pastor and Church 

Pastor and His 




Richard Grant 

Richard Grant 

Richard Grant 









L. L. Grubb 

L. L. Grubb 

L. L. Grubb 






Timothy Adoption P 

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Fred Chiselbrook 

Fred Chiselbrook 

Fred Chiselbrook 





Dr. Ralph Stoll 

Dr. Ralph Stoll 

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Revival Comes to Northwest District 

their great need of divine wisdom 
and power in implementing God's 

This is the wav it happened in 
the recent Northwest District con- 

The Grandview, Washington, 
home-mission church auditorium was 
well filled for each service. The Holy 
Spirit used the preaching of the 
Word of God with great effective- 
ness. Public decisions were made for 
Christ in the regular sessions. Testi- 
monies of recent conversions through 
the Northwest churches brought 
tears of jov to the eves of manv. The 
Laymen's organization strongly 
stressed personal witnessing in all of 
the sessions. New churches in Bea- 
verton, Oregon, and in Kent and 
Bothell, Washington, reported great 
blessings. The district is planning to 
launch out in establishing other new 
churches as rapidlv as possible. Mis- 
sionary vision and a note of warm 
evangelism permeated the entire 
three-day gathering. 

Other cooperating Brethren 
churches with the single purpose to 
make Christ known and with a will- 
ingness to be used in witnessing mav 
enjoy the same revival. T 

Left: Grandview Brethren Church. Below: 
Northwest District conference session. 

God still sends revival where His 
people want it! 

But ordinarily it does not come at 
a Brethren district conference along 
with many business details and the 
mechanics of church operation. 

Yet why shouldn't it come at such 
a time, as the Lord's servants realize 

April 17, 1965 

Brethren Home Missions 



The Religious Background of tlie 
Jewisti Community 

Very early in mv Christian expe- 
rience, I was brought face to face 
with the problem of reaching the Jew 
with the gospel of salvation. I was 
attending services where a Hebrew 
Christian (the superintendent of a 
Jewish mission) was speaking. As I 
listened, I became conscious for the 
first time that Jesus Christ is of the 
seed of Abraham and David. He was 
born of a Jewish maiden. He lived 
as a Jew with Jews. As I thought 
further on this matter, it seemed un- 
reasonable, at least to me, that so 
manv Gentiles should profess belief 
in the Jewish Messiah while Jew- 
ish people ignored this very one for 
whom they had been waiting down 
through the centuries. 

After the meeting, my concern 
caused me to corner the speaker. I 
put my questions to him, and he an- 
swered them as best he could in the 
short time he had. As a final measure, 
he recommended a dozen books for 
research. This contact, these books, 
and my experience down through the 
years have brought home this truth to 
me: The religious background of 
the Jewish community is a great bar- 
rier to their acceptance of Jesus as 
Messiah, Saviour, and God. 

Christians need to understand that 
the Jew does not receive the Holy 
Scriptures (the Old Testament por- 
tion) as God's final authority. (The 
New Testament is not even regarded 
by the Jew as Scripture.) There are 
many instances in Jewish theological 
endeavor which support this state- 
ment. For instance, the "Masseceth 
Sopherim" (certain writings of certain 
scribes) says: "The Biblical text is 
like water, and the Mishna (tradition) 
like wine." "The Law is like salt, the 
Mishna like pepper, but the six 
orders like fine spices." "The words of 
the scribes are lovely, above the words 
of the Law; for the words of the Law 
(Pentateuch) are weighty (profound) 
and light (foolish), but the words of 
the scribes are all weightv." 


This concept causes the Jewish 
mind to regard the Holy Scriptures as 
secondary to the teachings of the 
scribes or spiritual leaders. Jesus gave 
evidence that this same condition was 
prevalent in His day bv declaring that 
the spiritual leaders of His day made 
"the word of God of none effect 
through your tradition, which ye 
have delivered" (Mark 7:13). 

Such an attitude does not en- 
courage men to seek out God's truth. 
Rather, it gives them free course to 
wrest and change the Holy Scriptures 
to support their own designs. 

One such change has resulted in 
an almost insurmountable barrier, for 
it eliminates the fact of Messiah's 
deity. In the 13th century the Jewish 
philosopher. Rabbi Moses Ben Mai- 
mon (Maimonides), composed 13 
articles of Jewish faith. These articles 
ha\'e since become the bulwark of 
Judaism. His second article declared 
that God was a single, solitary unit, 
a one. To convey this thought, he 
used a Hebrew word which is never 
used in the Bible to describe the 
God of heaven. Perhaps he was in- 
fluenced by the Muslim concept of 
God, for he was raised and lived his 
whole life in Mohammedan coun- 
tries. But, his declaration was against 
the teaching of Holy Scripture, 
which, in describing God's person, 
says, "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our 
God(s) is one Lord" (Deut. 6:4). 

The Hebrew word here translated 
"one" is an entirely different word 
from that used by Ben Maimon in 
his declaration. In fact, a better trans- 
lation of the word in Deuteronomy 
would be "unity." The translation is 
proper with the interpretation Holy 
Scripture places on it. And it leaves 
place for the "triune" God, whose in- 
trinsic personality is declared else- 
where in the Old Testament to be 
"three in unity" (cp. Gen. 1:1-2, 26; 
Prov. 30:4-5; Zech. 12:1, 10; Isa. 48: 
16). But to the Hebrew mind, God is 
a unit because traditional, man-made 
doctrine has made God's Word of no 


But there is still another area 
where his religious background 
shields the Jew from the truth con- 
cerning Messiah Jesus. On my 
desk is a copy of the "Traditional 
Prayer Book for Sabbath and the 
Festivals." It was arranged by the 
eminent Rabbi de Sola Pool. It is 
authorized by the Rabbinical Council 
of America. The introduction makes 
this assertion: "The Siddur, as the 
Jewish Prayer Book is called in He- 
brew, bears the deep impress of the 
Jewish Faith ... It greets each new 
born day with the ringing assertion 
that the soul with which God has 
endowed man is pure. It maintains 
an unyielding faith in the basic good- 
ness of the human soul." 

Now Holy Scripture teaches the 
direct opposite. It says the soul is a 
fallen instrument; it is deceitful and 
wicked; it is self-centered and selfish 
(Gen. 5:3; 6:5; Psa. 14; 51:5; Isa. 53; 
6; Jer. 17:9). This Jewish rabbi makes 
no excuse for his erroneous view. He 
makes no attempt to sustain his view 
by the authority of Scripture. He 
simply makes a declaration. And it 
is wholeheartedly accepted by the 
Jewish community. 

There are many other areas where 
Jewish tradition is a contradiction 
of scriptural truth. These few inci- 
dents must suffice for now. Because 
of them we better understand the re- 
luctance of the Jew to accept his 
Messiah. When any man maintains 
an unvielding faith in the basic good- 
ness of the human soul, when any 
man believes the soul to be pure, then 
he must turn to some human tradi- 
tion for support and must shun the 
truth of Holy Scripture. The Bible 
convicts of sin. Human tradition de- 
ceives and soothes and assures that 
the Saviour is not necessary. Human 
tradition will project the kind of 
God it chooses. And human tradition 
can continue in this error until it is 
too late. The Christian is God's 
watchman. Through him the Jew 
can be warned of his danger. T J 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

Brethren Home Missions 

Highlights of First 
Florida Conference 

By Ralph J. Colburn 

Enthusiasm and expectancy pre- 
vailed among the delegates and 
friends of the six Florida churches 
March 1, 2, and 3 as they met in 
their first conference at Fort Lauder- 
dale. The four organized churches 
(Fort Lauderdale, Margate, Pompano, 
and Fort Myers) and the two new 
churches, as vet unorganized (St. 
Petersburg and Orlando), were all 
well represented, and there were con- 
ference guests from Virginia, Ohio, 
Indiana, and Iowa. Attendance at 
the evening services averaged one 
hundred, and the morning sessions 
averaged over fifty. 

Because of the happy relationship 
with our "parent district," South- 
east, Rev. Kenneth Teague, of Roa- 
noke, Virginia, was invited as chief 
Bible speaker; he brought three won- 
derful messages. Other Bible mes- 
sages v\'ere brought by Rev. Lester 


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Florida District pastors, left to right: Dr. Bernard Schneider, Fort Myers; Ralph 
J. Colburn, Fort Lauderdale; Dean Risser. Margate; William Taylor, Pompano. 

Pifer, Dr. Bernard Schneider, and 
Dr. William Taylor. Pastor Ralph 
Colburn opened the conference on 
Monday night with his moderator's 

The district mission board held its 
first meetings and organized with 
Ralph Colburn as chairman; it adopt- 
ed a budget of $4540, faith pledges 
for which were made by the six exist- 
ing churches. This represents a goal 
of over $10 per member for district 
missions, for there are onlv 426 
actual members of the churches at 
present. A minimum goal of at least 

two more churches started in 1965 
was adopted. Four churches will re- 
ceive some help from the district mis- 
sion board, plus the new ones an- 
ticipated bv faith. 

Pastor Dean Risser, of Margate, 
was elected moderator for 1966, and 
the conference accepted an invita- 
tion to meet in his church. Probable 
dates are February 28 through March 
2, 1966, if the Lord tarries. 

Southeast District has been a good 
"parent " to us and set us a good ex- 
ample, and now we hope to outgrow 
them in everv wav possible! ▼ 

This beautiful church building located in Geistown, 
Pennsylvania, was made possible by investments 
and savings in the Brethren Investment Founda- 
tion. Such funds have also made possible many 
other similar buildings in recent years. 


Funds are greatly needed in the expansion program of the Brethren Home Missions Council. Money 
loaned to the Foundation is the key to our home- mission program. 

An opportunity is extended to every member of The Brethren Church to have a part in this important 
work of the Lord. Would you like to help? 

Invest NOW and let your money work for the Lord and also earn a good return for you. 
4 percent on savings 5 percent on investments 

For further information write today to the 


Box 587, Winona Lake, Indiana 

April 17, 1965 


DAYTON, OHIO. The third an- 
nual missionary conference of First 
Brethren Church was held March 
14 to 21. Missionaries present for the 
entire conference were Dr. and 
Mrs. O. D. Jobson, Rev. Walter 
Haag, Rev. and Mrs. Randy May- 
cumber, Rev. and Mrs. Edward Men- 
singer, and Miss Mary Cripe. Miss 
Marta Bettinalio, from Argentina, 
gave her testimony one evening as 
Solon Hoyt interpreted for her. At 
a special missionary breakfast for 
lavmen, with an attendance of 55, 
Dr. Jobson was surprised with a gift 
of $70 for the purchase of a new 
suit. Following the conference, the 
congregation voted to establish a 
$10,000 faith goal for foreign missions 
during 1965. G. Forrest Jackson, 

Whitcomb, professor at Grace Theo- 
logical Seminary in Winona Lake, 
Ind., delivered the 1965 Rehfeldt 
Theological Lectures at Calvary Bible 
College here March 15 to 19. Two 
alumni of Grace Seminary, John Stoll 
and Kenneth Gangel, are on the fac- 

NOTICE: In an effort to get his 
new book. Evolution, into the hands 
of young people, Rev. R. I. Humberd 
is offering it at a special pric' Nor- 
mally 35 cents each, the books are 
now priced at 20 for $1.00 for dis- 
tribution. Several pastors and a num- 
ber of colleges have already taken ad- 
vantage of this special offer. Order 
from R. I. Humberd, R. R. 1, Flora, 

ALTOONA, PA. Sunday, March 
21, there were 183 in Sunday school 
at Grace Brethren Church. Thev 
have won the Sunday-school attend- 
ance banner in their division three 
times during the past year and were 
in second place once. Since the first 

of this year the church has recorded 
three first-time decisions, five re- 
dedications, ten baptisms, and two 
new members. The men of the 
church have refinished the church 
basement so as to provide 12 addi- 
tional Sunday-school classrooms. Roy 
E. Glass is pastor. 

TROY, OHIO. On March 18 
Rev. Robert Munn, dean of the 
European Bible Institute of Greater 
Europe Mission, and a graduate of 
Grace Theological Seminary, spoke 
in the Thursday afternoon prayer 
meeting of Grace Brethren Church, 
held for night v\orkers. He also spoke 
at both ser\'ices on the following 
Sunday. The church recently held a 
Funspiration, to which they invited 
young people from the Trotwood and 
Clayton churches. Pastor John Neelv 
brought a devotional message on the 
theme of stewardship for young peo- 
ple. About 45 were in attendance. A 
Boys' Club has been begun and in 
four meetings has grown from three 
boys to 16. The church has approved 
the purchase of a Wurlitzer organ. 
Since Dec. 20, 16 members, rep- 
resenting seven different families, 
have been added to the church roll. 

Brethren are members of the party of 
1 1 5 people who embarked from New 
York on the S.S. Queen Mary March 
31. The 37-day Bible Lands tour is 
sponsored by LeTourneau College, 
and Dr. Paul Bauman, administrative 
vice president of the college, is the 
director. He will be lecturing twice 
each day with colored slides as the 
party crosses the Atlantic. Mrs. Bau- 
man is traveling as hostess and tour 
nurse. Their son, Paul, of Pompano 
Beach, Fla., is serving as assistant di- 
rector. Max Kent, of Kent Films in 
Dayton, Ohio, is staff photographer. 
Other Brethren members of the party 
are Rev. T.alph Colburn, of Fort 
Lauderdale, Fla. and Mr. and Mrs. 
Edison Yoder, of Pompano Beach, 
Fla. Dr. J. Vemor McCet, pastor 
of the Church of the Open Door in 
Los Angeles, will also be tiaxeL'ng 
with the group. 

NEW YORK, N. Y. The Indian ; 
Brethren quiz team, winners in na- 
tional competition last August, left 
New York City by jet April 2 for 

Puerto Rico. Two of the quizzers are 
from Fort Wa\,'ne and three from 
South Bend. The group was accom- 
panied by Coach Phil Glessner, Mrs. 
Glessner, and Rev. Mark Malles, pas- 
tor of the First Brethren Church of 
Fort Wayne. After visiting the Breth- 
ren mission in Puerto Rico and quiz- 
zing against some of the local young 
people, the team returned home 
April 9. 

FREMONT, OHIO. The Chris- 
tian Service Brigade batallion of 
Grace Brethren Church held open 
house Tuesday night, Feb. 6, with an 
attendance of 51. On Sunday night, 
March 7, Ray Dalton, Brigade rep- 
resentative and a member of our 
Wheaton, 111., church, spoke to the 
group and showed a film entitled 
"Ye That Are Men Now Serve 
Him." Later he showed another film 
about Northwoods, the Brigade camp 
in northern Michigan, and presented 
the batallion with their charter. The 
following Tuesday the boys had a per- 
fect attendance at their meeting and 
brought two visitors. 

Although Christian Service Bri- 
gade is the national bovs' work of 
The Brethren Church, at present 
only 30 of our churches have char- 
tered Brigade units. Our congratu- 
lations to the group at Fremont! 

meetings with an emphasis on youth 
were held recently at First Brethren 
Church, with Chaplain Ron Crecel- 
ius as speaker. Elias D. White, pastor. 

Keane, a junior at Grace College in 
Winona Lake, Ind., presented the 
evening message on Sunday, April 
11, at Third Brethren Church, 
where he is a member. Robert Kern, 

BUENA VISTA, VA. First Breth- 
ren Church held a Jewish conference 
March 28 to 31. Chades Thornton, 
j, astor. 

PHOENIX, ARIZ. Guest speakers 
at Gr ico Brethren Church during 
March were Dr. Russell Barnard, 
general secrcuir-, of the Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society, and Rev. R. I. Hum- 
berd, Bible conference speaker. On 
March 7 special music was presented 
by a trumpet trio from Phoenix 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

Christian High School. Russell E. 
Konves, pastor. 

FORT WAYNE, IND. Professor 
Wayne Snider, head of the depart- 
ment of history at Grace College, 
spoke morning and evening March 
14 to 21 to the First Brethren Church 
on communism and the Christian's 
relation to it. His two evening mes- 
sages, "Berlin, the City of Sorrows" 
and "Moscow, the City of Surprises," 
were illustrated with colored slides 
taken on his 1963 tour of countries 
behind the Iron Curtain. Mark E. 
Malles, pastor. 

LISTIE, PA. The Grace College 
choir presented a concert at Listie 
Brethren Church Wednesday eve- 
ning, April 7. Spring evangelistic 
services are being held April 1 1 to 
18, with Rev. Ed Lewis as evan- 
gelist. Max A. DeArmey, pastor. 

WHEATON, ILL. At a recent 
Laymen's meeting of Grace Brethren 
Church, guest speaker was Mr. Rus- 
sel Dunlap, business manager of 
Grace College and former executive 
with R.C.A. Rev. Dean Fetterhoff, 

nity Brethren Church held a series of 
"youth meetings for the entire fam- 
ily" March 28 through April 4, with 
Evangelist George Long, from Elk- 
hart, Ind., as speaker. Special fea- 
tures of the meetings were contests, 
prizes, magic, oil paintings, and 
films. Ward A. Miller is pastor. 

man Schumacher, board member of 
the Foreign Missionary Societv of 
the Brethren Church, was at Van- 
dalia Grace Brethren Church March 
14 to show pictures of the Brethren 
work in Puerto Rico. The following 
Sunday Rev. Solon Hoyt, missionary 
to Argentina, presented the morning 
message and Rev. Randall Maycum- 
ber, missionary to Brazil, spoke in the 
evening. Sherwood V. Durkee, pas- 

as Hammers, field representative for 
Grace College and Seminary, was at 
First Brethren Church for the eve- 
ning service April 4. He spoke to the 
Boys' Brigade group Monday night 

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and later interviewed individuals in- 
terested in the college and seminary. 
William Schaffer, pastor. 

ALBANY, OREG. Guest speaker 
Sunday, March 28, at Grace Breth- 
ren Church was Rev. Ed Peters, a 
staff member of the Seamen's Mis- 
sion in Portland, Oreg. Nelson E. 
Hall, pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Mr. Larry De- 
Armey and Mr. Dan Hammers, Grace 
Seminary students who plan to go 
to France this summer for 15 months 
to help in the Brethren missionary 
work, spoke at North Riverdale 
Brethren Church March 14. April 
6 to 8 a district Sunday-school con- 
vention was held here; the main 
speaker was Dr. Harold Etling, na- 
tional Sunday-school director. Work- 
shops were held on a number of 
practical topics, including vacation 
Bible school, Sunday-school promo- 
tion, visual aids, and discipline. 
Richard L. Burch is pastor. 

Twenty-five churches still 
have not sent their 1964 sta- 
tistical reports to the national 
statistician, Earie Cole, 2753 
Elmwood St., Cuyahoga Falls, 
Ohio 44221. Any reports not re- 
ceived by April 30 will not be 
included in the national report. 

Edgar C. Bundy, associated with the 
Christian Anti-Communism Cmsade, 
spoke in the evening service of First 
Brethren Church March 14. A sin- 
cere believer in the Lord, he is a well- 
known speaker in Americanism ral- 
lies across the nation. The Brethren 
high school a capella choir, under 
the direction of Miss Carleda Hut- 
ton, presented an evening of sacred 
choral music here on March 21. 
Charles W. Mayes, pastor. 

GRAFTON, W. VA. Becky Moh- 
ler, daughter of Pastor and Mrs. 
Paul L. Mohler of First Brethren 
Church, was seriously injured in an 
automobile accident March 13. 
Prayer is requested for her. 

SOUTH BEND, IND. Featured 
in the evening service of Ireland Road 

Grace Brethren Church March 21 
were Dan Grabill, national youth di- 
rector, and the national winning quiz 
team, who gave their testimonies. 
Gene E. Witzky, pastor. 

Biola College male quartet presented 
special music March 21 at North 
Long Beach Brethren Church. 
George O. Peek, pastor. 

28 to 30 were the dates of the mis- 
sionary conference at Grace Breth- 
ren Church. Missionaries present 
were Dr. O. D. Jobson, Rev. Lynn 
Schrock, Rev. Randall Mavcumber, 
Miss Marv Gripe, and Miss Elizabeth 
Tyson. WMC ladies provided the 
conference decorations. W. Wayne 
Baker, pastor. 

Night was held for the young people 
of First Brethren Church recently, 
with competition in such areas as 
vocal and instrumental music, preach- 
ing, and essay writing. The voung 
people used this as a rehearsal for 
district competition. Kenneth Ash- 
man, pastor. 

LONGVIEW, TEX. Recendy at 
the close of a Sunday evening service 
in the Pine Crest Bible Church, the 
three children of Mr. and Mrs. 
Thomas A. Bailey, Jr., received the 
rite of Christian baptism. Mr. and 
Mrs. Bailey are well known among 
our churches, having served for sev- 
eral years with the Brethren Con- 
struction Company, and also as mem- 
bers of the Brethren Navajo Mission. 
Fhe rite of trine immersion was ad- 
ministered by Dr. Paul R. Bauman, 
administrative vice president of Le- 
Tourneau College. 

BERNE, IND. Rev. Scott Weaver, 
recently returned from our African 
mission field, presented the need of 
the work in Africa in a message at 
Bethel Brethren Church April 4. A 
recent midweek prayer service was 
in charge of the church young peo- 
ple. Kenneth E. Russell, pastor. 

recent Sunday evening service at 
Woodville Grace Brethren Church, 
there were six public decisions, five 
of them confessions of Christ as 
Saviour. M. L. Myers, pastor. 



A little girl asked a man to pick a flower for her, 
which he did. She looked at it, smelled it, handed it 
to the man, and said, "Now please put it back." This 
was, of course, an impossibility. As the flower cannot 
be returned to its stem, neither can the spoken word be 
recalled to the lips. Words are dangerous. Once thev wing 
their wav, thev are gone forever. You mav be sorry and 
apologize for what you have said, but the damage is 
done. No wonder the Lord tells us in Proverbs 21:23: 
"Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth 
his soul from troubles." What lamentable troubles are 
wrought bv an unrulv tongue! It has been wiselv said, 
"A loose tongue gets its owner into many a tight place." 

In Ephesians 4:29 we read God's Word on the vital 
subject of the believer's speech. "Let no corrupt com- 
munication (worthless speech) proceed out of your 
mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying 
(benefiting), that it may minister grace (blessing) unto 
the hearers." Here we see both the negative and the 
positive aspects of Christian speech. From the negative 
standpoint, no "worthless speech" should come from our 
lips. Positivelv, our speech should be both a benefit and 
a blessing to our hearers. 

What does God mean bv "worthless speech"? It ap- 
pears frorR the Bible. He means three things: indecent 
speech, deceiving speech, and slanderous speech. 

Indecent Speech 

This has to do \\'ith the obscene and filthv stories 
heard so frequentlv around the office, in the shop, or 
in the school. It is the foul and coarse talk which comes 
from the lips of so manv. Isaiah had been tainted by this 
heinous sin. He cried out to God: "Woe is me! for I am 
undone, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I 
dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips" (Isa. 6:5). 
The Lord gave Isaiah a complete victory, and the once 
defiled lips were transformed to proclaim God's message 

Not onlv should the believer in Christ desist from 
immoral speaking, but he should not even listen to such 
speech. Some who would not think of telling these 
vicious stories, thoughtlesslv join the crowd and seeming- 
ly enjoy listening to this kind of corrupt speech. Is this 
not equally sinful? 

In one of the Virginia campaigns. General U. S. Grant 
was resting in a farmhouse with some of his officers 
heartily enjoying the good, clean sport of exchanging 
amusing stories. Sanctified humor is indeed a gift from 
God. One of the officers said, "Now I have a story to 
tell, since there are no ladies around." General Grant 
looked up and quietly remarked, "No, but there are 
gentlemen here." The story was never told. 

Closely akin to the filthy story is profanity. There arc 
unwise Christians who do not always guard against this 
kind of "worthless speech." Many of us are constantly 
confronted by those who cannot speak a solitary sentence 
without punctuating it with profane words. God says in 
Exodus 20:7: "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord 
thv God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless 
that taketh his name in vain." But someone may say, 

"Though I use profanity occasionally, I never take the 
Lord's name in vain." God replies in Matthew 5:34: "I 
say unto you. Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it 
is God's throne." 

If people must be profane, why do they take God's 
name in vain? Why not Browning's, Shakespeare's, or 
someone else's? Why pick on God? The answer is simple. 
Such speech is but another sly and subtle trick of Satan 
to get man to blaspheme the name of the Lord, whom he 
should honor and love. , 

Deceiving Speech I 

This form of "worthless speech" has to do with lying. 
It matters not whether they be white lies, black lies, or 
any other color. They should not proceed out of the 
believer's mouth. 

David said in Psalm 116:11: "I said in my haste. All 
men are liars." He thought he had spoken out of turn, 
but the facts prove he wasn't so far wrong. A survey in 
one of our large Eastern cities reveals that out of 10,000 
men and women, 98 per cent were in the habit of telling 
lies. How common a practice, even among Christians! 
Husbands and wives lie to each other. Children lie to 
their parents. Employers and employees try to deceive I 

each other with lies. No, David was not impetuous in his i 
observation. David was right! 

Psychologists now tell us men and women cannot get ] 
along without lying. After probing the inside facts on j 
honesty, they have declared that honesty is not always 
the best policy. They tell us we should not feel a sense ' 
of guilt every time we are tempted to stretch the truth, 1 
for this is natural. The psychologist is correct! It is natural i 
for the unredeemed man, for "the natural man receiveth i 
not the things of the Spirit of God" (I Cor. 2:14). "The ji 
wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as 
soon as they be born, speaking lies" (Ps. 58:3). But for 
the true believer in Christ, lying is an abnormality. 

In Revelation 21:8 God offers a word of caution to 
the unsaved and warns that liars will be judged. "All 
liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with 
fire and brimstone." In Ephesians 4:25, He admonishes 
the Christian to renounce lying: "Wherefore putting 
away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbors 
for we are members one of another." I 

No Christian should be deceived by this degrading and 
detrimental form of "worthless speech." Speak the truth 
in love. Be honest with all men. There are no short 
cuts. You have a Saviour to respect and venerate. 



Slanderous Speech 

How prevalent this kind of "worthless speech" is in 
Christian circles! Gossiping, backbiting, and acrimony are 
important wedges used by Satan to destroy Christian 
unity and harmony. 

Frequently slanderous speech assumes some form of 
grumbling, complaining, or murmuring. The children of 
Israel had no sooner been miraculously delivered from 
their Egyptian bondage than they began to murmur and 
complain against God. The Early Church, shortly after 
its inception, began to prosper. Yet, what do we read next 
but that "there arose a murmurireg." Whenever a work 
of God is being done, you may be sure Satan will find 
some willing aspirants for the advancement of his 
fraudulence and trickery by means of "murmuring." He 
usually enmeshes the weaker Christians, and they be- 
come more and more critical and malicious in their 
speech. Their sky darkens until it has no sun. All be- 
comes as darkness. They criticize everything and every- 
body, and soon are so victimized and duped that thev 
can no longer see the good, but only the bad. This is a 
cancerous disease which can easily weaken and en- 
feeble the most mature believers. Are you afflicted? Get 

of Words 


to your knees quickly and confess it. Receive the sooth- 
ing balm of the Holy Spirit's healing before it is too late. 

The slanderer is usually known by his gossiping. Like 
ill gossipers, he has few or none of the facts. Because of 
his lack of understanding, he get things all mixed up. 
Like a blotter, he soaks it all in but gets it all backwards. 
Because of this, he consciously or unconsciously perverts 
the facts and assumes the role of judge, becoming harsh 
and critical. God says in Romans 14:10: "But why dost 
thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at naught 
thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment 
seat of Christ." We are called to be witnesses, but at no 
time has our God appointed us to the bar of justice as 
judges. God alone is the Judge. We are commanded to 
pray one for another but never to judge one another. 

Unfortunately, the gossiper does not recognize the fal- 
lacy of his own evil. How many times we have been ap- 
proached by those who say, "Now, I am not gossiping, 
but I think you should know. . . ." They prefer to think 
Df it as information, but it is just a self-justifying, polite 
way of prefacing a piece of bitter gossip. Christian, if 
gossip comes to your ears, do not pass it on! Refuse to 
tell it. In Proverbs 26:20 we read of a sure cure for gos- 
sip: "Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so 
where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth." A fire 
will be but smoking embers if wood is not added. Like- 

wise gossip will die never to live again if, by God's grace, 
you refuse to repeat it. Let it die in your heart. The 
strife will cease at that very moment. Progress in God's 
work will no longer be hindered. Souls will be saved. 
Your church will prosper. You will be happier. How we 
need to cry out in the words of David's prayer in Psalm 
141:3: "Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep 
the door of my lips." 

Consider, on the other hand, the positive side of the 
Christian's speech. It should benefit and bless. "Let no 
corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but 
that which is good to the use of edifving, that it may min- 
ister grace unto the hearers" (Eph. 4:29). God tells us in 
this verse not only \\'hat not to do, but also very clearly 
what to do. It is not enough to refrain from "worthless 
speech"; as believers we should substantiate our faith 
with helpful and kindly words that bless others. Paul 
surely advocates this in Colossians 4:6: "Let your speech 
be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ve may 
know how ye ought to answer every man." 

A famous publisher declares, "If you are an articulate 
person, you utter some thirty thousand words each day." 
Think of it! If put in print, this would mean enough 
books to fill an entire college library. How many pages 
of these volumes vou are constantly writing will be de- 
nounced by God as "worthless speech"? We read in Mat- 
thew 12:36 and 37: "Every idle word that men shall 
speak, they shall give account tliereof in the day of 
judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and 
by thy words thou shalt be condemned." Words are 

It should be understood that because we are Chris- 
tians, we are not to be as doormats, letting others tread 
and stomp upon us. This is not humility as taught in the 
Bible. What God desires is that we speak decorously when 
we are offended. We should always speak in a way that 
will benefit and bless. Keep in mind that there is a right 
and a wrong way to say and do everything. 

In the final analysis of "worthless speech," the problem 
lies deeper than we have mentioned thus far. In Matthew 
12:34, the crux of the matter is unfolded: "Out of the 
abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." "Worth- 
less speech" has its beginning in an unsurrendered heart. 
If one carrying a bucket of water is inadvertently 
bumped or jostled by someone else, he spills water; for 
he can spill only what is in the bucket. Amidst the 
jostling of life, you can spill out of your lips only what is 
in your heart. If your experience with Christ is shallow 
and insincere, "worthless speech" will be the result. 
Grievous and bitter words must come. On the other 
hand, if you are living in close communion and fellow- 
ship with the Lord Jesus Christ, your words will be 
profitable and commendable. 

If Christ is your Lord and you are failing God with 
"worthless speech," bow your head and confess your 
sin immediately. Pray with David: "Let the words of mv 
mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable 
in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer" 
(Ps. 19:14). ▼ 

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Grace Alumnus 
Visits Jerusalem 

(Editor's note: John Fasano, an alumnus 
of Grace College, is presently enrolled at 
American Institute of Holy Land Studies 
in Jerusalem. The following is an on-the- 
spot report of his visit in Jerusalem.) 

Jerusalem is a divided city as the 
result of the partition and events of 
1948. On the Israeli side can be 
seen several impressive sites. One of 
these is the celebrated Mount Zion. 
It consists of a complex of build- 
ings and tombs north-east of the 
Vallev of Hinnom (Ge-Henna) on 
the Israel-Jordan border, and adjacent 
to the "old city," which is on the 
Jordan side. In this complex the pil- 
grim can visit the room of the Last 
Supper, King David's tomb, and the 
Chamber of Destruction as well as 
the ever-present souvenir shops. 

To reach them, we took a streetcar 
to the general area and began our 
hike through the Valley of Hinnom 
and then up a path, which later be- 
came a stairway, to the top of the 
mountain. Upon reaching the sum- 

mit, each of us received a small, en- 
graved metal pin with a representa- 
tion of the Wailing Wall, an early 
coin, and the text in Hebrew, "Pray 
for the peace of Jerusalem." 

The first place we visited was the 
room of the Last Supper. We had 
to obtain a special permit to visit 
this upper room, as it is actually in 
no-man's-land, although normal ac- 



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Mount Zion looking across the Valley of 

cess to it can be gained only through 
the Israeli side. Having' obtained the 
permit, we followed the signs to a 
flight of stone steps, then through an 
open corridor into an unfurnished, 
Gothic stvle room. There are a nitch 
in one wall, an apse in the opposite 

wall, and se\'eral columns supporting 
the arched ceiling. The floor is of 
stone, and on the light plaster walls 
we were able to see the faded remains 
of a coat of arms painted by some pil- 
grim during the Crusades. This may 
be the room where our Lord and 
his apostles observed their last Pass- 
over. Few sites are uncontested here. 

From here we found our way to 
the supposed tomb of King David, a 
small room which is entered through 
a chapel. There are some relics on 
shelves and something which may 
resemble a large stone box along the 

The Chamber of Destruction is a 
museum in memorv of the six million 
Jews murdered by Hitler. It contains 
mementos of this period, such as 
blood-stained scrolls, ashes from some 
of the German crematoriums where 
murdered Jews were disposed of, and 
soap actually made from human fat. 

The sun was almost at the horizon 
as we left this world of the past, 
descended the slope, and made our 
wav through the vallev and up to 
the city on the other side. 

—John Fasano 

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Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

JONES, Mrs. Agnes, one of the 
charter members of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of San Bernardino, 
Calif., died Feb. 18. 

Emlyn H. Jones, pastor. 

LUCADO, Mrs. Robert, one of 
the original members of the Washing- 
ton Heights Brethren Church, Roa- 
noke, Va., passed awav Monday, 

March 1. Wendell E. Kent, pastor. 

SHIPLEY, Otto, 82, went to be 
with his Lord March 11. He was a 
faithful member of First Brethren 
Church, Dayton, Ohio. Harry Ship- 
ley, one of his three sons, is a board 
member of the Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council. Dr. O. D. Jobson, a 
friend of the Shiplevs, assisted in the 
service. G. Forrest Jackson, pastor. 

SUNDIN, Baby, newborn son of 
Rev. and Mrs. Carl R. Sundin, as- 
sociate pastor and minister of Chris- 


Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Church Date Pastor Speaker 

Elkhart, Ind. . April 18-25 Gordon Bracker John Whitcomb 

Kittanning, Pa. April 29-May 2 . William Schaffer H. Lingenfelter 

Ohio May 2-9 Wesley Haller . Richard Grant 

Dayton, Ohio 

(N. Riverdale) May 2-9 Richard Burch Herbert Pugmire 

Dayton, Ohio 

(First) May 9-16 Forrest Jackson John Whitcomb 

tian education at the Grace Brethren 
Church, San Bernardino, Calif., was 
buried on March 15. Pastor Emlyn 
Jones conducted the grave-side serv- 
ice. Emlvn H. Jones, pastor. 

MANHERZ, Waher, died Mon- 
day, March 15, after an illness of 
about two and a half years. He was 
a member of First Brethren Church. 
Washington, D. C, for about 35 
years. William A. Ogden, pastor. 

CAMPBELL, Mrs. Jennie, 97, 
passed away March 17. She had been 
a member of a Brethren church for 
more than 70 years and at the time 
of her death was the oldest member 
of the Clearbrook Brethren Church, 
Roanoke, "Va. R. H. Kettell, pastor. 

MYERS, Ernest E., whose father 
founded the Pleasant Grove Grace 
Brethren Church, North English, 
Iowa, was called home to be with 
the Lord March 18 after 75 years of 
faithful service. His sister was Miss 
Estella Myers, one of the pioneer 
Brethren missionaries to Africa. 

George Wallace, pastor. 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

By Clay Cooper 



Easter Morning, A.D. 33 

This morning before day- 
break Mary Magdalene 
wakened Jerusalem with the 
exultant cry, "I have seen the 
Lord!" The electrifying news 
followed by three days the 
demands of Jewish leaders 
that Jesus of Nazareth be put 
to death. Yielding to their 
clamor, Governor Pontius 
Pilate ordered the execution. 
Christ was crucified on near- 
by Golgotha hill. Joseph of 
Arimathaea, prominent mem- 
ber of the local Sanhedrin, en- 
tombed the body in his own 

Christ's death, witnessed by many, was accompanied by strange phenomena. The sun 
eclipsed at midday; an eerie three-hour darkness prevailed; the earth quaked, and 
from sundered graves the dead sprang to life and even now are going about in the city. 

At this moment the whereabouts of Jesus is unknown except to some of His closest 
disciples who have been in touch with Him. But Jerusalem is agog. The report is spreading 
like wildfire. Hope leaps high. At last, death has been conquered. The human family, 
which for millenniums has marched in one unbroken column into the shadows, may hence- 
forth walk in this kindled light. 

It is reasoned that what has occurred here this first Easter Sunday is Heaven's seal of 
approval upon the events of Good Friday, the Father's confirmation of the Son's atoning 
death for errant man. Assuredly the Resurrection provides impetus for Christ's followers 
to enforce His title as mankind's only Saviour throughout the hostile earth. Their leverage 
over opposition will be considerable since Christianity emerges as the world's only religion 
basing its claim to acceptance upon the proven resurrection of its Founder from the grave. 

Easter becomes more than an extraordinary occurrence of the first century. It belongs 
to the ages. Forevermore it will challenge the philosopher: "Explain me," and the historian: 
"Reproduce me." Perpetually it will defy time: "Erase me." To faith it will constantly say: 
"Receive me." As long as time lasts, the lately- crucified One, now living, and the church He 
has founded will tower above all systems of faith and worship. A risen Saviour promising 
everlasting life to all who believe in Him can never become ancient history. 

Board of Trustees 

Seated, left to right: Dr. Alva J. McClain, president emeritus; Clyde Landrum; 
President Hoyt; Paul Dick, president of the Board; Dr. Kenneth Ashman, secretary 
of the Board; Richard Holmes. Standing, left to right: Harold Bolesky, Andrew Auxt, 
Robert Collitt, Thomas Inman, William Steffler, Lowell Hoyt, R. Paul Miller, Jr., 
John Armstrong, Owen Hacker, James Dixon, Glenn Messner, E. M. Hoyt, Cleve 
Miller, Sam Homey, and Carl Seitz. 

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President Hoyt Speaks 


The March of Events 

A review of events since the opening of the new year 
will convince any thoughtful individual that 1964 is 
very apt to be greatly outstripped by the new. These 
events range from stratospheric exploration to interna- 
tional crises; from race demonstrations to moral deterior- 
ation; from the crumbling of Western nations to the rise 
of nations in the Far East. Words of Scripture like these 
are brought to mind: "This know also, that in the last 
days perilous times shall come" (II Tim. 3:1). "There 
shall be . . . upon the earth distress of nations, with per- 
plexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts fail- 
ing them for fear, and for looking after those things 
which are coming on the earth" (Luke 21:25-26). 

The Crisis in the Near and Far East 

Smouldering beneath the surface for centuries there 
has been a hatred of the sons of Esau and Ishmael for 
the sons of Jacob. This came into world prominence 
when the State of Israel came into being in 1948. Sur- 
rounding Arab nations took an oath to the death, not to 
rest until the State of Israel was obliterated from the 
map. In spite of the fact that this ring of Arab states 
has gradually been drawing the economic noose tighter, 
Israel has managed not only to survive but also to grow 
in size, prominence, and power. The determination of the 
Arab states to cut off the waters of the Jordan River 
could trigger the crisis into the proportions of a global 

The crisis in Viet Nam parallels this in the Far East. 
China, Russia, Japan, as well as the United States and 
the major nations of the West, are watching the move- 
ment of events with increasing concern. What appears to 
be mere skirmishes at present could break out into a war 
of world-wide dimensions. From the crisis in Korea to 
the one now in progress in Viet Nam, every effort on 
the part of the United States and the West to foster the 
cause of free nations or to restore order has met with 
defeat. Such defeat does more to injure the standing of 

the United States in the world and leaves the best 
minds in confusion. This is the perplexity, the inability 
to discover a way out, of which the Scripture speaks. 

Alabama Is Again in the News 

The problem of racial equality was not settled by the 
War Between the States. It was not settled by the en- 
actment of the law on civil rights. It will not be settled 
by the passing of a new law on racial equality at the 
polls. All these moves may be good, but they miss the 
central issue. The problem on racial equality is not 
something that exists alone betv\'een the "White" and 
the "Colored." This is something that is as deep as the 
human heart and as black as sin. It is the very nature 
of sin to pounce upon any variation and use it as an 
occasion for discrimination. Not until the problem is 
attacked at its source, namely, sin, and men come to 
be one in Christ, will the problem ever be completely 
solved. Legislation may bring a degree of outward con- 
formity, but it can never bring inward agreement. 

The Tragic Trend Toward Philosophic Confusion 

In almost every sphere of human life and operation 
there is growing confusion. The source is one, but the 
effects are multiple. Whether it be on international re- 
lations, the handling of criminals, the operation of campus 
life in colleges or universities, moral standards and con- 
duct, doctrinal adherences within the professing church, 
or individual and racial relations, there is a growing 
mental and moral confusion. The end of this confusion 
is lawlessness. 

The source of this confusion is one. It can all be 
traced to the fact that there is a world-wide determina- 
tion not to retain God in the knowledge. This lowers 
the sights of men to the natural and human level. On 
this lower level everything is relative. Being such, every 
man becomes a law to himself, and confusion reigns. The 
tragedy is that in every realm lawlessness is becoming 
the order of the day. 

The moral decay in the home, the church, the school, 
the state is reflected in the alarming increase of crime, 
the removal of the death penalty for criminals, the in- 
ability of courts to bring convictions, the growing de- 
generacy on college campuses, the exposure of law en- 
forcement officers to needless hazards. 

There Is Definitely a Need for Christian Schools 

This is the time for greater emphasis upon the need for 
Christian schools than ever before. At that point where 
the attack has been made, there is the place where the 
breach must be filled. There needs to be reemphasis upon 
the teaching of the Christian faith, the implementation 
of young people with the moral and spiritual and intel- 
lectual weapons to wage war on the false philosophies 
that are today sweeping across the world. Inasmuch as 
Grace Theological Seminary and Grace College are doing 
this task, this should be reason for the fullest support 
on the part of those who know and have benefited by 
the ministries of these schools. ▼ 

April 17, 1965 


Whafs New 


Old Testament 


By S. Herbert Bess, Ph.D. 

Proiessor of Hebrew and Old Testajnent 

Manv readers of the Bible may 
question whv continued research is 
necessary in the field of Old Testa- 
ment studies. After all, they reason, 
the Old Testament has been in the 
hands of men for over 24 centuries. 
Has not everything been learned that 
can be learned about the Book in all 
that time? To ask that question over- 
looks the fact that within the last one 
hundred years exploration and exca- 
vation in Bible lands has enabled the 
scholar to recapture an immense 
amount of information about that 
ancient world in which the Bible 
arose and against which it took its 
stand— information which had been 
unavailable for thousands of years. 
The recovery of that ancient v\'orld 
continues at an ever-accelerating pace; 
so rapid is it that no one scholar can 
keep abreast of it all; and the results 
are affecting every aspect of Old 
Testament studies. One area greatly 
influenced has been the field of Old 
Testament histor\'. Before the ad- 
vent of the new sciences in the study 
of the ancient Near East, the Bible 
itself was almost our only source of 
information on the history of pre- 
classical times. As one writer has 
put it: "From the chaos of prehistory 
the Bible projected as though it were 

a monstrous fossil, with no contem- 
porary evidence to demonstrate its 
authenticity and its origin in a hu- 
man world like ours." 

How all this has changed! Egyp- 
tian temples, tombs, and monuments 
have been made to yield their secrets. 
Hierogh'phic texts now inform us of 
military campaigns, myths and epics, 
hymns and prayers, oracles, fables, 
and many mundane affairs. Egyptian 
history is now accessible to us, and 
one of the most challenging problems 
in the field of Bible history is the 
correlation of Israel's history to that 
of the land of the Pharaohs. 

Buried cities of Mesopotamia, 
Asia Minor, Syria, and Palestine 
have been unearthed, and their archi- 
tecture, art, tools, weapons, and other 
artifacts tell us much about the civi- 
lizations of Bible times. Above all, 
much written material, most of it in- 
scribed on practically imperishable 
clay tablets, fills us in on the history 
of those times. Once Assyrian kings 
were merely names appearing once 
or twice in Scripture. For instance, 
the only reference of any kind to 
Sargon was the mention of him in 
Isaiah 20:1. Now the magnificence 
of Assyrian palaces may be examined, 
and the year-by-year annals of those 

kings, recording military expeditions, 
building activities, and so forth, may 
be read. Likewise, the tablets relating 
to Babylonians, Hittites, Canaanites, 
and other peoples, all of whom have 
some bearing on Old Testament his- 
tory, number into many thousands. 
And the number grows almost from 
year to year. 

Bible customs are certainly illumi- 
nated by many of those ancient texts. 
Such documents as legal codes, law- 
suits, sales contracts, rentals, marriage 
agreements, adoptions, and estate 
settlements give us insights on many 
of the narratives of the Old Testa- 
ment. The patriarchal records are 
often illustrated, and certain events 
sometimes explained, by reference to 
documents from Babylonia, Nuzi, 
Mari, or other sites in Mesopotamia; 
whereas illumination for the customs 
of the period of Israelite kings fre- 
quently is derived from inscriptions 
from Syrian sites, especially Ugarit. 
It is clear now that serious misunder- 
standing results from supposing that 
the social and economic background 
of the people remained about the 
same in the period of the monarchy 
as it was before that time. 

Study in the language of the Old 
Testament (which is principally 
Hebrew) has been greatly affected by 
much of the inscriptional material 
now available. A great amount of the 
recovered documents are in such lan- 
guages as Akkadian (Assyro-Baby- 
lonian), Ugaritic, Aramaic, and 
Phoenician, languages related to 
Hebrew as "cousins" much in the 
same way that French, Italian, Span- 
ish, and Portuguese, for example, are 
related to one another. Hebrew may 
therefore be studied on the basis 
of comparative grammar, with many 
new insights that afford better under- 
standing of certain Scriptures. An- 
other advantage gained from this com- 
parative study is in the area of word 
definitions. Many words appear in 
the Hebrew Old Testament only 
once, and many others only a verv 
(ew times. Such words are often very 
hard to define, since we don't have 
enough examples of their use to 
study them adequately. With the 
help of the related languages, how- 
ever, problems in the meaning of 
obscure words are being solved, for 


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in some cases an obscure word is 
well known in one of the related lan- 
guages. In some of the older trans- 
lations of the Old Testament, mean- 
ings of obscure words sometimes had 
to be guessed at from context; now 
some of these guesses are being con- 
firmed or corrected. 

Another area of Hebrew language 
study influenced by this comparative 
study is the structure of Old Testa- 
ment poetry. Hebrew poetry is struc- 
tured much differently than the 
poetry of Western languages, not only 
of modern but also of ancient times, 
such as Greek or Latin. As a result 
of not fully observing this, the po- 
etical books of the Old Testament, 
especially the Psalms, were frequently 
mishandled as scholars approached 
them with the misconception that 
Old Testament poetry should be 
similar in form to Western poetry. 
The availability of much poetry in 
Ugaritic, a language closely related 
to Hebrew, has changed things con- 
siderably. The forms of Hebrew 
poetry are better understood, and 
there is less inclination to treat it as 
though it were structured in a way 
that is actually alien to it. Naturally, 
much new work needs to be done 
on the interpretation of the Psalms 
as well as other Bible poetry. 

Yet another advantage gained by 
our ever-increasing knowledge of the 
ancient Near East lies in a better 
understanding of the religions of 
Israel's neighbors. The Old Testa- 
ment consists of God's revelation of 
himself to a chosen people. There- 
fore, it takes its stand in opposition 
to the religious systems of all of Is- 
rael's contemporaries. Where the 
Bible speaks out against those sys- 
tems, it is certainly helpful in under- 
standing those texts to know the na- 

Dt. S. Herbert Bess 

ture of what is being attacked. As 
an example, the prophets of Israel 
soundly condemned the Ganaanite 
worship of Baal. By means of the 
Ugaritic literature mentioned above, 
a great deal more is now known 
about that worship. Not only do we 
know more about the nature of 
Baal himself, but also the character 
of the lusty gods and goddesses who 
shared with him the Ganaanite 
pantheon. No wonder the Word of 
God thunders out against such a re- 

Many people have thought of the 
study of archaeology and Near East- 
ern studies as a means of confirming, 
or "proving," the Bible. No doubt 

in certain key points it has done this, 
but its place in Old Testament studies 
is vastly larger than this. Its prin- 
cipal function for the Bible student 
is to enlighten us on the environment 
out of which the Old Testament arose 
and against which it voiced its op- 

What's new in Old Testament 
studies? Far more than I have been 
able to tell vou. So much is new 
that scholars who have not continued 
their studies in this field are as far 
out of date as a chemistry or physics 
textbook printed before World War 
II! Serious Bible study today is an 
occupation of exciting new discovery 
and adventure. ▼ 


'These are they which follow the Lamb 
whithersoever he goeth" (Rev. 14:4). Christianity 
is not acting according to the letter of certain 
rules and regulations. It is a new-born man 
following a living Christ, walking as He walked, 
doing as He did, imitating His example in all 

things. This is Christian movement — Christian 
action. It is keeping the eyes fixed upon Jesus, 
and having the features, traits, and lineaments 
of His character imprinted on our new nature, 
and reproduced in our life and ways. 

— C. H. Mackintosh 

April 17, 7965 



Western States 

"The Melodies of Truth" trio will travel with Rev. 
and Mrs. Thomas Hammers. Left to right are: Mary 
Flint, Sharon Bradrick, Mr. Hammers, Carol Halberg, 
and Cheryl Weirback, pianist. This team will leave 
Winona Lake on about June 1 and finish their tour 
at the Long Beach conference in August. 

Eastern States 


"The Harmonaires" trio will travel with Mr. and Mrs. 
Luke Kauffman. The trio is composed of (left to right): 
Joan Meyer, Pam Osbom, and Bonnie Pauley. This team 
will leave Winona Lake about June 1 and finish up at 
the North Mountain Bible Conference at Red Rock, 
Pennsylvania, on August 1. 

Brethren Missior)arY Herald 


Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Earner have completed 
one year as the supervisors of the dormitory at Grace 
College. They have been retained to serve in the same 
capacity next year. Mr. Earner is in charge of the 
men, and Mrs. Earner supervises the women; both 
work under the office of the dean of students. 

Mr. Earner is the son of Rev. and Mrs. Donald W. 
Earner, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of Top- 
penish, Washington. Mrs. Earner is the daughter of 
Rev. and Mrs. Phillip J. Simmons, pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Kent, Washington. 

Mr. Earner is a middler in Grace Theological Semi- 
nary. He graduated from Grace College in 1963. 

The dormitory supervisors are to be commended for 
the work done, and we appreciate their willingness to 
continue the ministry next year. 

High School Seniors: 


Enroll for English Composition {ENlOI-102) and General World Histor)' (HIIOI- 
102) and earn up to 12 semester hours of college credit this summer. 

Summer school at Grace College also provides opportunities for others who wish 
to accelerate their program, or who are able to attend college only during the summer 
months. Below is the schedule for the summer of 1965: 

First Term 

(Six weeks, May 31 to July 9) 
Biological Science Survey I 
Children's Literature 
Bible Doctrine I 
English Composition I 
Philosophy of Education 
General World History I 
Methods of Teaching Science 

History of the United States I 
Principles of Speech 

Second Term 

(Four weeks, July 12 to August 6) 
Biological Science Survey II 

Europe in the 20th Century 
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1, 1965 

► A Widow Returns ► Go and Tell 

► Teach English? Never! 

► George Washington S 

Brethren Foreign Missions 


By Rev. Clyde K. Landrum 

A Salute to the Brethren Missionary Herald Company 

The Herald Company is an essential arm of the Breth- 
ren ministry, and we salute these folks as we approach 
"their" season of June and July. Through the Missionary 
Herald we are kept informed and instructed. Through 
the modern. College Book Store, literature in all forms is 
being provided, including good books for the college and 
seminary and the Brotherhood. Through their literature 
fund they are constantly assisting in missionary projects 
as well as making available literature for reading and for 
distribution among our churches. Brethren literature is 
being produced. Extant Brethren literature is being re- 
vised and updated. 

With all of these services being provided— we just could 
not get along without the Herald Company! So, let us 
as Brethren join together in saying, "Praise God for the 
Herald Company!" Throughout the year may we be 
faithful in praying for the Herald Company and its wide 
ministry. And, during the coming months of June and 
July, which are designated as Herald Company emphasis 
months, let us support generously this wonderful min- 

Pray for Our Missionaries! 

How many times have you heard the request in prayer 
meeting, "Pray for our missionaries"? Or, how often have 
you heard people pray, "Lord, bless our missionaries"? 
Surely no one should discourage people from asking 
prayer for the missionaries. Nor should anyone be criti- 
cized for asking the Lord to bless the missionaries. But our 
blessing can be multiplied and the great ministry of 
prayer become much more effective if we pray more spe- 
cifically for the missionaries, praving for them by name 
and according to their particular work or situation. How 
much greater is our joy when we read in a missionary 
prayer letter, "The Lord answered praver in our meeting 


Part of this bridge across the 
Saone River at Macon, France, is 
centuries old- The "newer" part 
of it was constructed in 1843. 
A growing, aggressive city, Macon 
has a population of approximately 
25,000 in the city proper. About 
eight miles north of Macon is the 
village of St. Albain. where the 
Brethren Bible Center property, 
known as the "Chateau," is lo- 
cated. There are excellent trans- 
portation facilities from Macon to 
St. Albain. 


Richard E. Grant, Executioe Editor 
SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued biweekly 
by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Inc., Box 544. Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price: $3.50 a year, foreign, $4.50 
Special rates to churches. 

with souls being saved," when we have shared with the 
missionaries in these matters through previous prayer. 

We need to pray for the missionaries, that they will 
have strength of body, and health sufficient to carry on 
the various missionary responsibilities that the Lord has 
entrusted to them. We should be faithful now in praying 
for the health of the missionaries. Within the last six 
months to one year, the followdng illnesses have been re- 
ported: an extended illness of a doctor; several months' 
illness of a nurse; an emergency trip to the States and 
three different episodes of surgery for a veteran mission- 
ary; a hernia operation; an emergency appendectomy; and 
cases of hepatitis on two different fields. 

Let us pray that God's will may be done in the lives 
of the missionaries, that if it please Him, He may enable 
them to carry on their work. And, if the Lord sees fit to 
allow physical affliction to come, let us be just as faithful 
to pray that the missionaries will receive the lesson which 
the Lord has to teach. For those who desire to pray more 
specifically for the missionaries, a special Prayer Calendar 
is available. Prayer requests appear each month in the 
Brethren Missionary Herald (Foreign Missions- WMC 
issue), and a monthly sheet of prayer and praise items 
will be sent to anyone desiring to have it. As we pray 
for the missionaries who are on the field, let us not fail 
also to ask the Lord for additional workers to assist 
those who so faithfully serve around the world. 

Personalized Support 

God is greatly blessing in the personalized support plan 
for our missionaries. To date, approximately 75 per cent 
of the missionaries and missionary children have their 
full support. This is indeed encouraging. It is hoped that 
soon all the missionaries will have their support cared for. 
Then, as they are assured of their total support, they can 
apply their full energies to the work which the Lord has 
given them to do. And, as the churches faithfully support 
"their" missionaries, they can feel that they are really 
sharing in the work of the missionaries. Through letters, 
tapes, and personal visits of "their" missionary, they are 
kept informed of the work on the field. At the same time 
it needs to be kept in mind that there are other needs in 
the work of foreign missions. The home office administra- 
tive costs are not underwritten through the personalized 
support program. This and other items must be cared for 
from the general fund. So, let us remember the general 
fund in our giving! And, in all of this, let us remember 
that it is unto the Lord that we give our gifts. He has 
blessed us abundantly and we bring to Him that portion 
which belongs to Him. Through this, the great work of 
the Lord will be underwritten. T 

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UXy/hat is a missionary?" This 
'' question was asked of a 
group of children recently as a kin- 
dergarten teacher was introducing 
me. "Someone who tells people about 
Jesus," was the answer of a little one. 
By New Testament standards that's 
a pretty good answer. St. Paul's ex- 
ample bears this out. He went about 
telling people about Jesus. "Telling" 
was his big job. He continually felt 
the urgency of speaking the message 
to lost people. He was constantly pay- 
ing his debt to those who had never 
heard. How? By simply telling them 
the gospel message so that they too 
would have the opportunity to ac- 
cept the Saviour as their own. This 
was the divinely chartered route for 
the Apostle, and he did not swer\-e 
from it. His passion was to tell others 
of the Saviour. All his efforts con- 
verged upon this tremendous job. He 
spared himself in nothing to gain the 

And he got the job done. And, 
mind you, it was done without the 
use of radio, literature, missionary 
aviation, or any other of the modern 
media of missions. Someone might 
say: Yes, but Paul wrote letters, so 
we can honestly say that he made use 
ot literature. But as I thought about 
this, it came quite forceably to my 
mind that the apostle Paul did not 
count on his letters to do the work 
of evangelism. He wrote his letters 
to believers, and when writing to 
the Romans he expressed his desire to 
be present among the people in Rome 
that he might have "some fruit" 
among them, through his personal 
testimony, as he had had "among 
other Gentiles." Yet, how many 
Christians in our day, knowing they 
should give a spoken word of testi- 
mony for their Lord, simply hand 
out a tract to soothe their conscience. 
How many, realizing they should 
leave a definite word for their Lord, 
simply invite some neighbor or friend 
to the services at the church. A gift 
for radio is not an acceptable sub- 
stitute for speaking for the Lord. At- 
tendance at services seven days a 
week does not get the job done that 
the Lord left us to do. Yet, we try to 
take refuge in a thousand other 
things, when we know very well that 
the thing we ought to do is to speak 

for the Lord. Satan sidetracks us in 
many good things so that we will 
not do the essential one. 

Not only in the homeland does this 
take place, but also on the foreign 
field. Administration, letter-writing, 
coordination, and countless other 
things take up the missionaries' time 
until they have little time for the 
thing they are supposed to do. Not 
long ago, while talking to a fellow 
missionary and a pastor of one of 
our churches here in the States, I was 


By Rev. Lynn D. Schrock 

a bit shaken by hearing the pastor say 
that he had had the desire and urge 
to get out and pound doors in the 
city where he lives, but just had not 
found the time to do so. The re- 
quirements on his time had made it 
impossible. Brethren, we are missing 
the boat if we do not have time to 
get out after the lost. They will not 
come to us, generally. We must "go" 
after them— not only to the field 
(whether foreign or home), but also 
after the lost once we have arrived 
on the field. 

Dr. Kenneth Strachan, after mak- 
ing an extensive study of how to 
reach the millions of South America, 
came to the conclusion that it will 
only be done by a continuous evan- 
gelistic effort on the part of all of 
God's people. Dr. Strachan did not 
discount the value of radio, literature, 
missionary a^'iation, and other of the 
modern media of missions. But he 
did not think that the job would 
be done by these. It is the old Bible 
pattern of each believer constantly 
giving his witness for the Lord. This 
is being endorsed by some of the out- 
standing missionary leaders of our 
time and is, as you can see, simply a 
return to the New Testament pat- 
tern of getting God's work accom- 
plished until our Lord returns. 

But the apostle Paul not only got 
folks saved through the constant 
speaking of the Gospel, but he also 
established local churches. This job 
of witnessing is not done in a vacu- 
um. It is done in and through the 
local church. And at the present time 
this is basic in all missionary work. 
Without the local church there would 
be no one to do the radio work, dis- 
tribute literature, attend the Bible in- 
stitute or support it, teach in the 
Christian day school or send their 
children to it. This is the basic rea- 
son, I feel, why we have not had 
growth in our Bible institute through 
the years. We had fewer in our basic 
three-year course this past year than 
we had in our original group in 1949. 
Why should this be? I think the an- 
swer is quite simple. Our constituency 
is small. Our entire membership in 
the Argentine mission is less than 
four hundred. If we had one hundred 
or one hundred fifty local congrega- 
tions instead of the twenty or so that 
we have now, there would be greater 
prosperity in every phase of the work. 

What is our need on the foreign 
field at the present time? It is for 
men and women who feel the divine 
urgency upon their souls to speak for 
the Lord and to establish local con- 
gregations which in turn can support 
the other phases of the work. Please 
do not think that we have reached 
the place, at least in Argentina, where 
the missionary is only an advisor or 
specialized missionary in some way 

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in His hands because I knew what 
He is worth to my life and what He 
will be worth in the life of many 
others. Your prayers will help a lot. 
May God bless mv life and yours 

Students Testify 

Tiiuana, Mexico 

Teresa Mora: 

I was born in a Christian home 
and I accepted the Lord as my per- 
sonal Saviour through the preaching 
of Brother Morales (Tucson, Ari- 
zona) when I was 14 years old. I was 
baptized at the age of 15 and I de- 
cided to study for the work of the 
Lord. I am a Sunday-school teacher 
for children and I desire to learn 
more in order to teach others of the 
Lord. Pray to the Lord that I may 
continue my studies and not become 
discouraged. My life verse is Philip- 
pians 4:13— "I can do all things 
through Christ v^'hich strengtheneth 

Esperanza Martinez: 

Dear brothers in Christ: I write 
these lines to tell you some of my 
experiences in the Lord. I accepted 
Christ as my personal Saviour a year 
ago; and shortly afterward, when I 
found out that they were going to 
open a Bible institute, I considered 
attending. But I was not decided 
until I heard a message that dealt 
with "the harvest is plenteous, but 
the laborers are few." Since then I 
felt that I could help in the work of 
the Lord; and thanks to God, here I 
am studying. Although I have passed 
through many testings, in Christ we 
are more than conquerors. 

Zoila Cordova: 

I live in Ensenada. T accepted the 
Lord a year ago and I desired to 
serve Him in gratitude for the sal- 
vation of my soul. I have the oppor- 
tunity to do this better by studying 
at the Bible Institute. I want to study 

with attention so I can be a mission- 
ary teacher to children. I believe that 
with the help of the Lord, I can do 
this with joy, because it is for the 
honor and glory of the One who is 
worth\'. I thank God for a better 
preparation for my spiritual tomor- 

Norma Ruth Cordova: 

I thank God and His Son Jesus 
for saving me for that which I am 
not worthy; but if He has offered me 
salvation, I cannot help but accept 
it, and how can I help but be grate- 
ful to my Lord. After having lived 
so long in sin, now I repent and I 
want to please the Lord by doing 
something worthy of His Person. 
Well, an opportunity presented itself 
to me at the Bible Institute, and I 
want to take advantage of it. I desire 
to serve Him in all that I can, and 
my greatest desire is to continue 
studying in the institute in order to 
serve my Lord Jesus better each day. 

Sergio Espinoza: 

I am 20 years old. Thanks to God, 
I was brought up in a home where 
Christ was known. When I was 15 
years old, I understood what Christ 
was worth and what He would mean 
to my life. Shortly afterward I was 
baptized. About two years ago I be- 
gan to hear the call of Christ to serve 
Him as a worker. He is so good that 
I could not drown His call. Three 
years ago I was thinking about study- 
ing engineering. But, He changed my 
direction in a surprising manner, and 
insisted that I serve Him. It is not yet 
a year that I put myself completely 

Rodolfo Villa: 

I was born 20 years ago in Mexi- 
cali. I was the sixth child and always 
very healthy. When I was 13 our 
family moved to Tijuana. Unfortu- 
nately, I was beat up by a gang for 
not joining in their mischief. I prom- 
ised vengeance, which I soon carried 
out after joining another gang. From 
this a thorn of hate was planted in 
my heart. Even the police did not 
escape my wrath. As a consequence 
I was jailed several times. I paid no 
heed to my mother, who would walk 
the streets at night pleading with 
me. One time my older sister was 
invited by a sister-in-law to the 
Brethren church. She liked it and 
continued attending. When I was in 
mv senses she would invite me, but I 
did not care to go. I thought that I 
was very tough and that church was 
for weaklings or women. Once I con- 
sented to go. I liked it, but that was 
all. I did not return again. But my 
sister asked prayer for me. One day 
I attacked three men in a restau- 
rant, but they opened my head with 
bottles. As usual I was put in jail. 
Then and there I remembered God. I 
promised to give thanks to Him at 
the Brethren mission if He would 
help me out. He fulfilled His part, 
but I didn's mine. But even so, I felt 
a great indescribable p^ce in my 
heart that night. With the little that 
I had heard and read the Bible, I 
repented in that moment and I be- 
gan to speak to the other prisoners 
in my cell. The following day the 
guard said that I would not go to 
the penitentiary, because the three 
attacked men did not press charges. 
I only had to pay for the broken 
windows of the restaurant. God 
worked. I went out free, but forgot 
the promise I had made. Then I be- 
came sick and many other difficul- 
ties came into mv life. I became con- 
vinced that He was punishing my 

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unfaithfulness. Without letting fur- 
ther time go by, I went to the mission 
and ga\'e thanks to God. And I gave 
Him my life for service. In March, 
1964, I was baptized during a com- 
munion service. Soon my sister and 
mother followed in baptism; and I 
trust all of my family will very soon. 
I am now studying in the Bible In- 
stitute of the Brethren church, pre- 
paring to take the good nev\'S of sal- 
vation to persons who are walking in 
the world without God and without 
hope just as I was. 

—Sent by Rev. Sibley Edmiston 

May 1, 1965 

Go and Tell 

(Continued from fage 3) 

or another. We need men and women 
who want to v\'in souls, who want to 
car\'e out a place for a local congrega- 

A mission in a neighboring country 
down in South America started many 
years ago by distributing literature 
and preaching the Gospel among the 
armed forces of the country, without 
establishing any local congregations 
to speak of. After years of this type 

of labor, they woke up to the real- 
ization that they had nothing stable 
to show for their years of labor. Now 
they are establishing local works and 
are happv to have awakened to the 
reality of their situation. It is not 
easy— and not very glamorous, but 
verv rewarding. The Lord blessed to 
this end in our last term in Argen- 
tina. Our 3'ears spent in Cordoba 
were perhaps our most rewarding. 
And we desire this same joy for others 
who serve the Lord in Argentina, or 
in others of our mission fields, or in 
the USA. T 

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V- - 



Bobby Cochrell, 
Burbank, Ohio 
(First Brethren 
Church, Wooster) 

Audrey Siegfried, 
(First Brethren 
Church, AUentown) 

Debbie Ray, 
(First Brethren 


This month, MH'ers, let's become ac- 
quainted with Rev. Robert Williams and 
his wife, Lenora, who have been mis- 
sionaries to Africa since 1942. 

Their station has been Batangafo. Mr. 
Williams' main work has been that of a 
missionary pastor. He has worked in many 
native villages and outposts, and a num- 
ber of places which can be reached only by 
boat. Mrs. Williams is a nurse. 

This month the Williamses will be mov- 
ing to Bangui and Mr. Williams will be 
field superintendent while the Klievers are 
on furlough. MH'ers, please pray for Mr. 
Williams, as he will have many decisions 
to make. 

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Brethren Foreign Missions 

It was not altogether unexpected, 
this invitation to teach English at 
the University of Mexico, but it was 

"I'm not an English teacher," I 
protested to myself and to my hus- 
band. "In fact, I dislike the subject." 

Nevertheless, last September some 
ten students found themselves in 
room 305. They were advanced stu- 
dents enrolled in Superior English 
I; their "profesora" was Sra. Amy 

From the beginning, the Lord 
opened up opportunities to give them 
the Gospel. In order to establish a 
closer class fellowship, we invited 
them to "reunions" in our home each 
Friday evening. We always served 
refreshments, and they enjoyed prac- 
ticing their English. Later we elected 
a class secretarv to be responsible for 
phoning or contacting each one as 
various class activities would be 

At our first reunion Phil received 
orders from three students to pur- 
chase Spanish-English New Testa- 
ments for them. Textbooks are ex- 
pensive, and they liked the idea of 
buying, for ten pesos, a book with 
such an extensive English vocabu- 
lary. Later, we loaned a Catholic 
Bible (in Spanish) to another stu- 

One morning, toward the end of 
the semester, I asked them three 
questions. "Where did I come from?" 
"What am I doing here?" "Where 
am I going?" They were to answer 
these questions in a short composi- 

As a result of the discussions which 
these questions provoked, I was able 
to witness several times to the entire 
class. Most of them accepted some 
Power magazines and gospel tracts 
to read. 

Not all of them were concerned 
about the differences between the 
Roman Catholic church and Chris- 
tianity. Some doubted the existence 


of a personal God; others wondered 
if He would really punish a very 
good person fore\'er; still others, while 
admitting their need of a Saviour, 
clung to the hope that their good 
works would eventually count for 
some spiritual value. At least one 
student professed to have embraced 

To celebrate our last English pe- 
riod, we served coffee and doughnuts 
in the classroom. My students sur- 
prised me with an appreciation gift— 
a lovelv Mexican shawl! 

This year I count it a privilege to 
be teaching the same class again (Su- 
perior I). I have six students who 
attend more or less regularly. Since 
the choice of a textbook is left to me, 
this time I chose the four different 
books written by Patricia St. John. 
Each student chose the book he 
wished to read. Imagine my thrill as 
one by one each asked me if he could 
buy his book so that he could always 
keep it. Some of them want to buy 
all four books! 

In these books, written especially 
for children, the way of salvation is 
clearly presented, and living the 
Christian life is made very practical. 
As one of my students expressed it, 
"Hey, teacher, these books are very 
Christian." We spent some time dis- 
cussing them in class. As a result, one 
day I was able quite naturally to out- 
line the plan of salvation on the 

One of the boys, a medical student. 

By Mrs. Phil Guerena 

has come twice to our home for a 
Sunday morning service; two other 
young fellows have said they would 
come to Phil's Thursday evening 
Bible class. This morning one of the 
girls accepted my invitation to come 
to our home on Sunday for our morn- 
ing service. 

We ask your continued prayer for 
us as we give God's Word to these 
fine )'Oung students. Now I thank 
God for the privilege of teaching at 
the university. And I thank Him also 
for giving me some small ability to 
do that which at first I thought was 
impossible. T 

May 1, 1965 

Brethren Foreign Missions 


Showing Percentage of Increase of the 1964 Foreign Mission Offering Over that for 1963 

These churches increased by more than 100 per 


1. Cheyenne, Wyo. 1,222 

2. Pompano Beach, Fla. 375 

3. Westminster. CaUf. .-- 363 

4. Cuba, N. Mex. ___ 358 

5. Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) — 356 

6. Uniontown, Pa. 351 

7. Seal Beach, Calif. 292 

8. Hopewell, Pa - - 277 

9. Elyria, Ohio 268 

10. Johnstown, Pa. (Geistown) 255 

11. Wasliington, D. C. (Grace) 252 

12. Davenport, Iowa 250 

13. Fort Wayne, Ind. (Grace) 198 

14. Simi, Calif 193 

15. Washington, Pa. 192 

16. Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 173 

17. Kettering, Ohio 172 

18. Harrisbm-g, Pa. - 163 

19. Port Myers, Fla. 160 

20. Modesto, Calif. (Community) -... 159 

21. West Alexandria, Ohio 154 

22. San Bernardino, Calif. „ 147 

23. Hastings, Mich - 147 

24. Martinsburg, Pa. 146 

25. Arvada, Colo. 141 

26. Los Angeles, Calif. (Community) 141 

27. Norwalk, Calif 132 

28. Stoystown, Pa. (Reading) . . 130 

29. North English, Iowa (Calvary) 120 

30. Dayton, Ohio (Huber Heights) 112 

31. Hollins, Va. 110 

These churches increased by less than 100 per 

32. Dayton, Ohio (Patterson Park) 98.8 

33. Tracy, CaUf. 95.2 

34. Cleveland, Ohio ...._'..... 92.9 

35. Conemaugh, Pa. (Singer Hill) 90.7 

36. Temple City, Calif 86.2 

37. Jefferson Center, Pa. 84.2 

38. Winona, Minn 84.0 

39. Kittarming, Pa. (First) 83.1 

40. Margate, Fla. 71.9 

41. Hagerstown, Md. (Gay St.) 65.7 

42. Wheaton, 111 65.1 

43. Sacramento, Calif. 65.0 

44. Akron, Ohio (First) 63.2 

45. Denver, Colo. 63.1 

46. Brookville, Ohio 59.2 

47. Whittier Calif. (First) 56.6 

48. Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 56.1 

49. Roanoke, Va. (Garden City) 55.4 

50. Dayton, Ohio (Basore Road) 55.1 

51. Gardena, Calif 55.1 

52. Sterling, Ohio 53.4 

53. Hollidaysburg, Pa. (Vicksburg) 53.1 

54. Washington, D. C. (First) 52.5 

55. Roanoke, Va. (Clearbrook) 51.6 

56. Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 51.3 

57. Waterloo, Iowa 50.8 

58. Portis, Kans. 49.4 

59. Modesto, Calif. (La Loma) 49.4 

60. Leon, Iowa 48.7 

61. Fillmore, Calif. 45.0 

62. Findlay, Ohio _ 42.8 


63. Leesburg, Ind. 40.4 

64. Englewood, Ohio 39.9 

65. Ankenytown, Ohio 38.1 

66. Mansfield, Ohio (Woodville) 36.5 

67. South Pasadena, Calif 35.3 

68. Sidney, Ind 34.8 

69. Kittanning, Pa. (North Buffalo) _.. 34.1 

70. Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 34.0 

71. Peru, Ind. 33.2 

72. Waynesboro, Pa. 32.4 

73. Wooster, Ohio 32.3 

74. North English, Iowa 

(Pleasant Grove) 30.4 

75. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 30.3 

76. Compton, Calif 30.1 

77. Montclair, Calif. 29.4 

78. Osceola, Ind. 29.0 

79. Covington, Va. 27.8 

80. Albany, Oreg. 27.7 

81. Long Beach, Calif. (Los Altos) 27.7 

82. Johnson City, Tenn 27.3 

83. Hatboro, Pa. 25.2 

84. Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 21.8 

85. Taos, N. Mex. 21.6 

86. Dayton, Ohio (First) 20.4 

87. Winchester, Va. 20.0 

88. Clayton, Ohio 19.5 

89. Winona Lake, Ind. — .. 19.3 

90. Alexandi-ia, Va. 19.2 

91. York, Pa 18.3 

92. Roanoke, Va. (Wash. Heights) 17.6 

93. Hagerstown, Md. (Calvary) 17.6 

94. Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 17.5 

95. Canton, Ohio 17.5 

96. Middlebranch, Ohio 17.4 

97. Long Beach, Calif. (North) 15.9 

98. La Habra, Calif. 15.0 

99. Berrien Springs, Mich 14.9 

100. Troy, Ohio 14.7 

101. Everett, Pa. 14.2 

102. Dayton, Ohio (Grace) 14.1 

103. Martinsburg, W. Va. 14.0 

104. Glendale, CaUf. 14.0 

105. Fremont, Ohio (Grace) _.. 13.3 

106. Berne, Ind. 12.1 

107. Altoona, Pa. (Grace) 10.3 

108. Conemaugh, Pa. _ 9.8 

109. South Bend, Ind. 

110. Trotwood, Ohio 

111. Garwin, Iowa 

112. Parkersburg, W. Va 

113. Dallas Center, Iowa 

114. Yakima, Wash. 

115. Vandalia, Ohio 

116. Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 

117. Homerville, Ohio 

118. Grandview, Wash. 

119. Johnstown, Pa. (First) 

120. Elkhart, Ind. 

121. Altoona, Pa. (First) 

122. Sellersburg, Ind 

123. Lancaster, Pa. .._ 

124. Inglewood, CaUf 

125. Listie, Pa. 

126. Meyersdale, Pa. (Summit Mills) 

127. South Gate, Calif 

128. BeU, Calif. 


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Bf f/irir^ CliSu/^^'^ft^SheWon 

All week long my heart has been in sorrow because of Marie and 
her six small children. Early Sunday morning her husband, Pierre, 
was called to his heavenly home. During the long weeks of sickness, 
when he knew he probably would not remain here, his thoughts 
were on his family. Pierre expressed his desire— with tears— that Marie 
and the children would remain on the mission station where the 
children could attend school, and that they would be in the care of 
the pastor. 

But African custom is otherwise. No sooner had Pierre left his 
house of clay than his heathen relatives began dividing his posses- 
sions. Chairs, table, clothing, lock box, and pots and pans were all 
greedily snatched up. They were stacked and counted even before 
the burial. It was against their wishes that Pierre be buried at the 
mission, but the pastors won in that. The relatives wanted to take 
the body back to the village for their own burial, although Pierre 
was a Christian preacher and Bible school teacher here at the mission, 
and Marie helped with the women. They had left village customs. 

The funeral was over in the afternoon, and these relatives wanted 
to take Marie and the children back to the village that same day. It 
made no difference to them that the village was several miles away, 
and that Marie was exhausted after days of vigil beside her dying 
husband. Some of the smaller children would have had to be carried. 
Again, the visiting pastors prevailed, and she was allowed to remain 
until the third day. 

On the third day, the leading male relative said Marie and the 
children must go back to the \'illage. I saw the widow as she left 
with her children, stripped of all her possessions, a picture of despair. 
Some of the Christian women saw her off on the road and tried to 
comfort her, and we all promised to pray for her. 

Perhaps you may ask: How can all this be, and why didn't Marie 
refuse to go back to the village? The answer is that a dowry is given 
for a bride, and that is a family affair. If the husband should die, 
the children belong to his oldest brother. The wife has nothing to say 
about them or herself. Surely the spread of Christianity has done 
much to erase this curse in many places. But where all have not 
seen the light, it makes it hard for the widow who has no control 
over her own children. It is especially hard on those who are Chris- 
tians and are in Christian work. How I wish some of the sociologists, 
who praise the good life of primitive society and the way the people 
care for their members, could witness some of these tragedies. 

All we can do is to commit Marie to the Lord and continue to 
pray for her and for those who remain in such darkness. Let us, in 
our own land, thank the Lord for the blessings that have come 
with Christianity. T 

May 1, 1965 

Women's Missionary Council 

"Whosoever shall confess that 
Jesus is the Son of God, God dwell- 
eth in him, and he in God" (I John 4: 
15). I was a teen-ager before I knew 
the truth of God's Word! 

I was born in the little Western 
Reser^'e town of Hudson in Ohio. 
My ancestors had come in covered 
wagons from Connecticut during the 
settling of this territory in Ohio. The 
house in which I was born was built 
by my great grandfather. 

My parents were not Christians 
then, and I was allowed to go to any 
church that I chose. I always went 
regularly. I realize now that the Lord 
was directing even then. I had some 
good Sunday-school teachers and a 
godly eighth grade teacher who 
taught us the old hymns of the 
church and read from the Bible every 

I finally settled for the little Chris- 
tian church in town and stayed there. 
Could it have been because a certain 
boy was there? We became a vital 
part of the young people's group and 
found Christ as our Saviour as teen- 
agers there. Williard's mother was 
a charter member of this church. My 
father and mother had accepted the 
Lord here before this, and not long 
after that my father was killed in a 
traffic accident. The pastor who 
taught the Word there has long since 
gone to be with the Lord. 

Williard and I were married in 
1937 and continued to work faith- 
fully in our church. He became Sun- 
day-school superintendent and I 
taught a primary class. 

Williard had to answer our coun- 
try's call to serve in the Army. He 
eventually went to Okinawa with the 
Tenth Photo Unit of the Eighth Air 
Force. Our daughter Kay was four 
and our son Dean was only two 
when he left. We stayed in the old 
homestead alone and kept the home- 
fires burning. 

We had begun to tithe before our 
children were born, during a time 
when Williard was out of work and 
he and a friend were washing win- 
dows and walls and doing anything 
else they could find to do until they 
would be called back to work again. 

I can testify to the blessings of the 
tither, for a better job was forth- 
coming. Though I received only $100 
a month while Williard was away in 
the service, $10 of each check went 
for the Lord's work in the church. 

Times, people, and pastors change, 
and with these changes it often be- 
comes necessary for us to make 
changes, too, if we want to serve 
the Lord according to His Word. We 
found a change necessary when Wil- 
liard came home again. The Lord 
used Akron Bible Institute as the 
instrument to lead us into The Breth- 
ren Church, and His men were Russ 
Ward; Harold Etling, and Ravmond 
Gingrich, who are very precious, spe- 
cial people to us, as are all the others 
whom we have met since and love in 
the Lord. It was as if our Lord had 
opened wide doors into a veritable 
paradise of grace and knowledge! We 
rededicated our lives and dedicated 
those of our children. 

Our first Brethren church was the 
then home-mission church in Cuya- 
hoga Falls, Ohio. On the cover of the 
Herald of September 20, 1947, is a 
picture of five children, "Trophies 
of Grace." Dean and Kay were 
among them, and all five of that 
group are still serving the Lord. 

Our children don't always do what 
we plan for them to do and we have 
had a heartache or two; but when 
they have been dedicated to the Lord 
as ours were. He sees them through 
the rough places and uses them to 

His glory. Praise His wonderful 
name— "He is faithful that promised." 

God sent another daughter to bless 
our home, Deborah Ann. She is the 
only one of us whose two birthdays 
(physical and spiritual) are in The 
Brethren Church. Debbie is finishing 
her junior year in high school and is 
looking forward to Grace College, 
Lord willing. Dean had one semester 
there and decided on a career of com- 
mercial art. Next month he will re- 
ceive his diploma from The Art In- 
stitute of Pittsburgh, Kay, now Mrs. 
Drexal McAmis, has given us our 
three grandchildren, Jeffrey Daniel, 
Diana Lynne, and Michael. 

Beside teaching Sunday school, the 
Lord has led me to many other areas 
of witnessing and giving out His 
Word. Through the Gideon Auxil- 
iary, I can have a vital part in giving 
New Testaments to our school chil- 
dren and nurses. Our home is open 
to a Good News Club, and since Feb- 
ruary of this year ten neighborhood 
children have found the Lord as their 

The Holy Spirit continues to go 
ahead and prepare the way for me to 
give out the message of the gospel fol- 
lowed by a chalk drawing of my Fa- 
ther's world. He has led to various 
clubs, Sunday-school classes, and 
church groups of many faiths. His 
Word never returns unto Him void, 
and only eternity will tell whom He 
wanted to reach for himself. We are 
only asked to obey Him. 

It is a thrill beyond words to see 
the magic of the Holv Spirit's work- 
ing. Jesus said, "And I will prav the 
Father, and he shall give you another 
Comforter, that he may abide with 
you forever; even the Spirit of truth; 
v\'hom the world cannot receive, be- 
cause it seeth him not, neither 
knoweth him: but ye know him; for 
he dwelleth with you, and shall be 
in you" (John 14:16-17). 

God the Father, God the Son, 
and God the Holy Spirit are an un- 
beatable trio! As the impact of this 
wonder of wonders, the Triune God, 
got through to me, I trembled with 
the realization of what could be done 
with a single yielded life. Oh, Lord 
God, help me to walk in lowly paths 
of service, yielded to Thee. Thank 
you. Lord, for saving my soul. ▼ 


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Women's Missionary Council 

Oops— Your Testimony Is Showing 

By Mrs. Herman Schumacher 

"What, could ye not watch with 
me one hour" (Matt. 26:40)? 

In the evening of the second day 
of a certain business convention, the 
time of the annual banquet had ar- 
rived. The door into the big room 
opened, and some two hundred peo- 
ple entered to find their places at the 
tables. One of the couples, Christians, 
went to a table and were soon joined 
by six other guests. 

The banqueting began— that is, it 
began for 198 of them. This one 
couple just could not begin, for no 
one had given thanks for the food. 
Since this had for many years been 
the practice in their home and any 
other place they happened to be, they 
knew this was no time to do differ- 
ently. They glanced at each other 
and then bowed their heads and gave 
thanks for their food. After the silent 
prayer, they joined the rest, who had 
already begun eating. 

Seated next to the couple was a 
guest whom they knew. When the 
meal had just nicely begun, the 
young man said, "I noticed you and 
your husband do something tonight 
that I want to commend you for." 
"What do you mean?" the lady asked, 
to which he replied, "I saw you bow 
your heads and pray before you be- 
gan eating." This gave opportunity 
for a testimony, and thereafter most 
of the conversation was about church, 
where he attended, and so forth. 

It was evident he was a Christian 
in name only, and their hearts went 
out to him. He was a fine person, 
and they had known his father be- 
fore him. 

For the first time in the years of 
these conventions, a champagne glass 
of some kind of alcoholic drink was 
given each guest. All at the tables ex- 
cept the couple drank theirs, with 
various comments on its good and bad 

Now, all this could be the end of a 
lot of words with no particular mean- 
ing—but it isn't! There is a wonderful 
sequel. This year, 1965, found the 
above people again at the convention. 
Everything was the same, with two 

May 1, 1965 

exceptions. First, the Christian cou- 
ple decided not to attend the banquet; 
and second, the young man approach- 
ed the Christian gentleman and asked 
if he could speak to him alone for a 
few minutes. When they were alone, 
the voung man began by asking, 
"Do you remember what happened 
at the banquet last year and our con- 
versation about you and your wife 
bowing your heads to pray before 
you ate?" The gentleman replied, 
"Yes, I remember." Then the young 

man said, "Well, I just couldn't for- 
get it, and it started me to thinking 
seriously about my own life. Some- 
thing was missing that I needed. This 
past year, I was saved, born again. 
And that isn't all— my wife and son 
were also saved!" 

Oh, dear friends, what if these 
people had not prayed? What if they 
had partaken of just a little of the 
drink— to be one of the crowd? They 
were far from home, and probably 
no one would ever have known about 
it— except them and the Lord. He is 
watching; are we? 

That young man needed salvation, 
and God put him at that particular 
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Bruce Austin Robbins July 5, 1953 

B. P. 36, Bossangoa via Bai>gui, Central African Republic 

Mrs. Floyd W. Taber July 8 

B. P. 36, Bossangoa via Bartgui, Central African Republic 

Dr. Austin Robbins July 11 

B. P. 36, Bossangoa via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Dr. Orville D. Jobson July 1 1 

B. P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Rev. Robert S. Williams July 15 

B. P. 240, Bangui. Central African Republic 

Rev. Donald G. Hocking July 15 

B. P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

James Randall Hocking July 20, 1954 

B. P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Mrs. Orville D. Jobson July 21 

B. P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Miss Marian Thurston July 24 

Mission a N'Zoro, Bocaranga via Bangui. Central African Republic 

Wilma Esther Mason' July 25, 1955 

B. P. 36, Bossangoa via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Miss Margaret Hull July 27 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Michael Stephen Marshall July 12, 1951 

Circunscripcion 4, Seceion 4, Manzana 9, Casa 6. Ciudad General Belgrano, Argentina, S. A. 

Sylvia Monica Fay July 20, 1953 

Corrientes 2, Almafuerte, F.C.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S. A. 

Mrs. Solon Hoyt July 29 

Almafuerte, F.C.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S. A. 

Mrs. Ralph R. Schwartz July 1 

Caixa Postal 861. Belem, Para, Brazil 

Kenneth Paul Burk July 3, 1961 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para. Brazil 

Harold Douglas Haag July 7, 1949 

425 Sunset Lane, San Ysidro, California 92073 

Jacquehne Elaine Dickson July 1, 1958 

Box 1103, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico 00919 

Miss Florence Bickel July 10 

105 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Gail Marie Bishop July 22, 1952 

333 North 10th. Sunnyside, Washington 98944 


Women's Missionary Council 

^My day is one continuous learning 
experience, and I praise the Lord..." 

A s we pull into the drive of our 
red brick school at about 8:10, 
two or three early-arrivers come out 
to meet us. With a smile they ask if 
they may help carry something into 
the building for me. Debbie takes my 
purse, Patty carries a few small books, 
and I take the large box that contains 
the rest of the materials I took home 
the night before. As I set the box 
down on the table behind my desk, 
I thank the Lord for another safe 
twenty-five-mile drive to school. 

I teach kindergarten and first and 
second grades at Immanuel Elemen- 
tary School in Plymouth, Indiana, 
and this is the way my morning 
usually begins. Then the bell rings, 

blessed times of the day for me. It's 
a real thrill to hear them list all the 
things they wish to talk to the Lord 
about. Little ones this age would give 
requests all morning and still have 
more. The conviction they give me 
daily for my own lack of burden for 
others is one of the many reasons why 
I thank the Lord for allowing me to 
work with the very little folks. After 
requests are given, several pray. I 
wish you could hear them. Their 
words are very simple and direct. 

Next comes reading. My second 
graders are pretty independent little 
readers by now. In fact, they help 
me many times by hearing the first 
graders read. At the beginning of the 

and children rush quickly to get their 
drinks and get to their desks. On the 
blackboard they find the Bible verse 
assigned for the week and begin 
working by twos to learn the verse 
orally. When they can say it out 
loud five times with no mistakes, 
they may say it for me. They then 
try writing it without looking at their 
Bibles or verse sheets. It is about 
nine o'clock when this is done. On 
the blackboard we have written a list 
of our unsaved loved ones and 
friends. We read our list over to- 
gether and add other requests for 
prayer. I think this is one of the most 

year I had three reading levels within 
my first grade group of six. Now I 
have two. In Christian schools, which 
are usually smaller than public 
schools, we have the opportunity to 
work with the individual pupils more. 
This is helpful not only in reading, 
but also in all their other subjects and 
in finding out any needs they have 
emotionally, mentally, physically, and 
spiritually. For example, a little boy 
in second grade had the most terrible 
temper tantrums when he came to 
m\' kindergarten class. For three years 
I have had the privilege of watching 
the Lord work in his life. He is very 

different now. This whole school year 
he has shown only slight signs of 
temper twice, and he is the leader in 
our class. He was saved last Valen- 
tine's Day. 

It's 10:15 and the time when recess 
disputes must be settled patiently and 
prayerfully. This is also the time 
when the teachers are able to have a 
cup of coffee or cocoa and share a 
blessing, a burden, or a prayer re- 

During arithmetic period the pupils 
discover how to find out how many 
pennies of their allowance go for 
tithe and offering at church and that, 
like God, the numbers they work 
with are unchangeable. 

Lunchtime is a time for asking 
God's blessing on our food and thank- 
ing Him for the blessings of the 
morning. This is also an excellent op- 
portunity to teach Christian manners, 
something, with the Lord's help, we 
try throughout the day to instill in 
each child. 

Afternoon brings four kindergar- 
teners with all their energy and en- 
thusiasm to add to our class. It is a 
real joy to watch their little faces 
light up as they hear the Bible story. 
The alphabet, whether spoken, sung, 
or written, seems to thrill them. They 
seem to enjoy the learning times even 
more than the play times. 

For the pupils only parts of the 
day are considered learning expe- 
riences, but my day is one continuous 
learning experience, and I praise the 
Lord for the privilege. T 


President — Mrs. Thomas Hammers. Box 326, 
Winona Lake. Ind. 

First Vice President (Project). Mrs. Leslie 
Moore, Box 296. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Second Vice President (Program), Mrs. 
William H. Schaffer, 215 Arthur St., Kit- 
tanning, Pa. 

Secretary, Mrs. Jack Peters, 314 Dorches- 
ter St.. Ashland, Ohio 

Assistant Secretary, Mrs. Williard Smith, 
400 Queen Street, Minerva. Ohio. 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Robert 
Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, 

Literature Secretary, Mrs. Benjamin Hamil- 
ton, Box 701, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Editor. Mrs. Norman H. Uphouse. R.R, 3, 
Warsaw. Ind. 

Prayer Chairman, Miss Elizabeth Tyson, 
105 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake, Ind. 

SMM Patroness, Mrs. Ralph Hall. R.R. 3, 
Warsaw, Ind. 


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By Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

Glendale. California 

There was a time when I beHeved 
that teen-agers were a special gift 
from God to mothers. They seemed 
so bewildered, naive, misunderstood 
in a world hostile to them, loved by 
few adults. Believe me, I was going 
to understand them if it took my 
last ounce of energy and devotion. 
Well, it did, but I didn't. As a mat- 
ter of fact, I found myself aching to 
be understood by them! The reason 
for this subtle change in my thinking 
can be attributed to a number of 
events arising out of the crucible of 
guiding numerous children through 
their teens. 

Bob's illness which subsequently 
took his life prevented him from too 
radical a behavior in his teen years. 
However, we remember how difficult 
it always was to get him to bed at 
night. He was just never tired. This 
sometimes irked me no little bit. I 
often ached to get into bed for a good 
nap, but nobody ever insisted I go 
and "not worry about my work be- 

May 1, 1965 

cause it will be done when you 

Then there was Bill's bright red 
suede jacket. Between ourselves his 
Dad and I called it his "protest 
jacket." He bought it without our 
knowledge or consent with some of 
the first monev he earned delivering 
papers. Although he looked handsome 
in it, the color was highly impractical. 
Bill learned this after he'd paid sev- 
eral dry cleaning bills. But to son 
number two no price was too high to 
jolt the family's forced bent to prac- 
ticality. That could be nauseating at 

David about knocked the breath 
out of me for good that Sunday eve- 
ning he stood before the congregation 
to lead the singing for Dad. He had 
on a red vest, bright enough to blind 
the eyes. I heard a small snicker 
sweep over the crowd as he stood 
with a beguiling smile to announce 
the first hymn. "How did I miss that 
'piece de resistance'?" I quietlv be- 
rated myself. "Whv did he have to 
wear it for the first time when he's 
directing the singing?" 

The day quiet, obedient Dorothe- 
ann asked if she could have a date 
with a bov from the high school was 
a real shocker. Mother learned more 
about her child that day than in all 
her previous 14 years. For various 
reasons the answer had to be no, and 
with that the "quiet" daughter of the 
family promptly had a "tizzy." Quiet 
and obedient did I say? Ha! 

Sharon? Her protest symbol was 
shoes v\'ith spike heels. Ugh! My 
stomach does a flip whenever I see 
anybody teeter on a so-called fashion 
which has been proven to ruin pos- 
ture and displace backbones. How 
could a daughter of mine . . .? 

Paul Kent is another character. He 
packs a powerful wollup with a 
charming personality . . . but we 
won't go into that at this point. There 
hasn't been enough time for retro- 
spect on him or Althea and Ardyth, 
who are also teen-agers. After Mark 
gets into his teens two years hence, 
I may be able to report on the last 
four more objectively than I can now. 
It was eight years March 10 
since Bob was promoted to glor)'. His 
daughter, born seven months after his 
death, gives us a sweet reminder (if 

we need one) of how precious he was 
and his memor)' still is to his family. 
After all, he didn't have time to do 
much sleeping. He had to live "60 
years in 21." 

As I looked through some family 
pictures, I found one of Bill with that 
now famous jacket. I remembered the 
lady who took that picture. She said 
she would always think of Bill fondly 
as he stood looking at once trium- 
phant and appealing in his pretty red 

A recent letter from friends re- 
minded us of the delight they've ex- 
perienced over the years remembering 
David and his red vest coupled with 
my consternation. I must have been 
a sight to behold. The combination 
seems to have imprinted an indelible 
picture which has given these friends 

The other day I heard Dorotheann 
admonish her ten-month-old daugh- 
ter: "Don't bother to turn on the tears, 
young lady. You're not mistreated. I 
did the same thing when I was a kid, 
and J didn't get away with it." 

Sharon still wears those spike heels 
"for dress-up occasions." Flat heels are 
far more conducive to running across 
the campus from class to class as she 
pursues her college training. At least 
she can never say I didn't warn her 
of possible problems. 

So my little tale is done, and in the 
telling I have realized that teen-agers 
are still my favorite people. They 
can't possibly understand me, because 
I can scarcely understand mvself at 
times. I'm going to continue loving 
them, teaching and guiding them 
with greater understanding, perhaps, 
because I'm accepting them for what 
they are by nature as teen-agers. 

Then, too, I want always to re- 
member what great value God places 
on youth. They are admonished: 
"Honour thy father and thy mother" 
(Exod. 20:12); "Children, obey your 
parents" (Eph. 6:1); "Remember now 
thy Creator in the days of thy youth" 
(Eccles. 12:1); "Be ready always to 
give ... a reason of the hope that is 
in you" (I Peter 3:15); "Flee also 
youthful lusts" (II Tim. 2:22); and 
"Study to shew thyself approved unto 
God, a workman that needeth not 
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the 

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And He will give to you 
The Star of the Morning, 
To glow within vour heart for evermore. 
If you accept this gift, 
The Star of the Morning, 
You'll hear Him when He knocks- 
Open the door. 

He'll dry your every tear, 

The Star of the Morning. 

A dream of life come true, for every soul. 

And when I kneel in prayer, 

O Star of the Morning, 

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And make me whole. 

As sunlight clothes the earth. 

Thou Star of the Morning, 

Gently illumine me, make me as gold. 

Oh, guide my wandering steps, 

Thou Star of the Morning, 

That those who follow me 

Shall find Thy fold. 

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ladies of the Martinsburg First Breth- 
ren Junior WMC group met at the 
home of Mrs. Mary Lou Clark with 
13 present. We all received a real 
blessing from the program planned by 
the national WMC leaders and our 
local program leader, Mrs. Clark. 

The Bible study, "A Better Sacri- 
fice," which was given by Mrs. Bar- 
bara Holmes, was real spiritual food 
for our souls. After an evening of 
Bible study, singing, prayer, business, 
and fellowship, we were served de- 
licious refreshments by our hostess. 

Our group has taken an interest 
in the church library and is helping 
to enlarge it. We also write to Miss 
Bertha Abel, missionary to Argentina, 
and send her sifts. —Elsie Neil 

Oops . . . 

(Continued from page 11) 

table that night to trouble his heart 
and start his thinking about his own 
spiritual needs. What if those Chris- 
tians had failed Him? Oh, may He 
stir up our minds "by way of remem- 
brance," no matter where we are, 
to let our testimony show. 

"What, could ye not watch with 
me one hour? Watch and pray, that 
ye enter not into temptation: the 
spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh 
is weak." T 

Under . . . 

(Continued from -page 13) 

word of truth" (II Tim. 2:15). 

Who must be the first to obey the 
Word of God so that a righteous ex- 
ample is set for youth? We parents. 
"Ye fathers, provoke not your chil- 
dren to wrath: but bring them up in 
the nurture and admonition of the 
Lord" (Eph. 6:4). 

Thank you, teen-agers, my own 
as well as those I've worked with and 
taught, for all you have taught me, 
this mother who is foolish enough to 
believe you add zest and joy to life 
v\'hich over-balance the gray hairs and 
headaches which are your parents' 
badge of merit for all the trouble you 
cause us. T 


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Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 

The King's Daughter Is All Glorious Within 

By Mrs. George Johnson 

The doctor finished his examina- 
tion and paused. "Your baby is verv 
sick. Take her home and give her 
this medicine."' The mother left with 
a heavy heart. She was no nurse. 
How could she give her Httle one 
shots? The medicine was good, but 
she needed equipment and training 
for a job hke this. 

Fortunately, the missionaries lived 
nearby, and Maria took her problem 
to them. The missionaries in turn 
took the problem to the Lord in pray- 
er. A bed was prepared, syringes 
were boiled, and the little one was 
placed in the bed. For the next few 
hours the glucose was slowlv as- 
similated by the small bodv. To the 
home of the missionary came friends 
and neighbors of this little one. "Is 
the baby dead? How much longer 
will she live?" At that time only the 
Lord knew the answer to that ques- 
tion. However, it began to look as 
though that little life might con- 
tinue for many more years. God was 
answering prayer, and the tiny form 
was gaining strength. 

The battle for this little one's life 
did not end that night. As the night 
wore on, Maria took her baby home, 
thanking the missionaries for their 
help and prayers. The relatives had 
left earlier, finally believing that 

things looked better. For several days 
the little one was watched constantly. 
A special diet was prepared and given 
to her. Many weeks later she was 
still watched carefully. 

You are always hearing people say 
we need missionaries. Is this really 
true? Yes, girls, this is true. The best 
medicine in the world is available 
for a world lost in sin. This medicine 

Mrs. George Johnson 

is God's Word. It can cure sinful 
hearts blackened by the sins of hea- 
then people. But if no one can ad- 
minister the medicine, if the equip- 
ment and the training are all at 
home, how can the lost hear and be- 

Like Maria, they are left without 

Many of us would make all kinds 
of sacrifices, if possible, to save the 
life of a little one like the one about 
whom we have just read, but we 
must remember that sin is a sickness 
far more serious than the worst can- 
cer. It is soul sickness. How mar- 
velous it is that for sin there is a cure 
—the perfect cure. The blood of Jesus 
Christ, God's Son, cleanses us from 
all sin. We have the medicine, but it 
must be given to the people. This 
medicine can be given in the form 
of gospel sermons and testimonies. 
Many days of watchful care must be 
exercised bv those who care. Do ^'ou 
care about those sick of soul in Africa, 
in Brazil, or in your own home town? 

Let us remember the little saying. 
Every heart with Christ 
Is a missionary. 
Every heart without Christ 
Is a mission field. 

Let us win the ones in our land 
while we yet have the opportunity. T 

May 1, 1965 


Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 


SMM Assists Jonathan Leech 

I have almost completed my second year of studies here at Bob Jones Uni- 
versity. I am majoring in math and minoring in history. After graduating from 
college, if the Lord wills, I plan to go on to do graduate work in mathematics 
at another university. Of course, this is all a long way off, and the Lord may 
have other plans for me. 

The Lord has been good to me here at Bob Jones. I am very thankful for 
the financial help I have received from Christian friends. It has been a great 
help to me, and I thank the Lord. The Lord has also helped me in my studies. 
Last year, at the closing ceremonies of the university, I was able to receive 
an award in mathematics. Certainly, the Lord is wonderful. 

—Jonathan Leech 

(SMM girls are helping to seTid Jonathan Leech to Bob Jones University.) 


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patronesses who have returned the address card. If you have not 
received a card for correct mailing address, contact your national 
patroness immediately. We must have correct addresses, as the 
packets will not he available at national conference this year. 


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Eighth Avenue, Johnson City. Tennessee 

Literature Secretary — Sandra Bums, c/o 
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Lake, Indiana 

Editor — Judy Kirkpatrick, Grace College 
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Ron Graff has accepted the call to 
become pastor of Communitv Breth- 
ren Church. He will graduate in June 
from Talbot Theological Seminary, 
where he is student body president. 
He began his pastoral duties at Com- 
munity Brethren March 14, 1965. 

and Mrs. H. Leslie Moore have re- 
centlv moved to Winona Lake, where 
Rev. Moore will open a church ad- 
ministration service for the purpose 
of installing a system of church 
records. In addition to this service he 
will be available for evangelistic meet- 
ings, pulpit supplv, special meetings, 
and service as interim pastor. He may 
be reached bv mail at Box 296, Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind. 46590. He may be 
contacted temporarily bv telephone 
at 219-267-5588 or 219-267-3843. 

Pastor Ralph Colburn was given a 
"Bon Voyage" party following the 
evening service at Grace Brethren 
Church March 28. Appropriate 
poems were read as he opened his 
various gifts. He was pleasantly sur- 
prised to receive a $500 check for 
expenses on his Holy Land tour; the 
tour itself is a gift of his congregation. 

Brethren Church of Greater Lan- 
caster reports another record broken. 
The congregation had been praying 
for an attendance of 300 before the 
end of March; on March 28 the 
Sunday-school attendance was 325. 
The previous record, which had been 
set on Oct. 4, was 284. William F. 
Tweeddale is pastor. 

YAKIMA, WASH. Grace Breth- 
ren Church has been praying for five 
new families to be added to the 
church. This prayer was partially an- 
swered on Sunday, March 28, when 


ten new members joined the group, 
including two couples, one of whom 
has three children. Rev. and Mrs. 
Leo Polman conducted a stewardship 
conference here recently. Henry 
Rempel, pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. On March 21 
there were six public confessions of 
faith in Christ at Patterson Park 
Brethren Church. The church had 
been working toward an average Sun- 
day-school attendance of 450 for the 
month of March; by reaching the 
grand total of 508 on the final Sun- 
day, they exceeded their goal with 
an average of 463. Nathan Casement 
is pastor. 

Brethren Church held their first com- 
munion service on March 31 with 
17 adults and three children in at- 
tendance. Some came from Tampa; 
one couple were from Lakeland. The 
group is presently meeting on Sunday 
mornings at Kenneth City Town 
Hall, 4600-58th St. North,' and on 
Wednesday evenings at 4621 -34th 
Ave. North. A record attendance was 
reached March 14 with 27 for Sun- 
day school and 30 for morning wor- 
ship. Pastor K. E. Richardson may be 
reached by telephone at St. Peters- 
burg 391-4537. 

ANAHEIM, CALIF. Guest speak- 
er at Grace Brethren Church March 
28 was Rev. James Sweeton, pastor 
of First Brethren Church, Johnstown, 

of nearly 200 were present for the 
ground-breaking services of Brook- 
ville Grace Brethren Church April 
4. Special music was provided by a 
trumpet trio. Rev. Charles Ashman, 
pastor of the Winona Lake Brethren 
Church, Winona Lake, Ind., was the 
guest speaker. Other Brethren min- 
isters who participated in the service 
were Rev. Everett Caes, Dayton, 
Ohio; Rev. Sherwood Durkee, Van- 
dalia, Ohio; Rev. C. S. Zimmerman, 
Dayton, Ohio; Rev. William Howard, 
Clayton, Ohio; Rev. Forrest Jackson, 
Dayton, Ohio; Rev. Lon Karns, 
Englewood, Ohio; Rev. Glenn Moore, 
Camden, Ohio; and Rev. Clair Brick- 
el, host pastor. 

SIDNEY, IND. The laymen of 

Sidney Brethren Church recently 
sponsored a banquet for the Christian 
Service Brigade boys and their fa- 
thers. Dennis Letts, Grace Seminary 
student, sang and played his guitar 
and then delivered an excellent mes- 
sage to 37 men and boys. A. Rollin 
Sandy, pastor. 

third year in a row Third Brethren 
Church held a Sunday-school read- 
ing crusade. This year's winner was 
Mrs. Hannah Sprang, who read all 
the books available; she was awarded 
an autographed book by Billy 
Graham. Robert Kern is pastor. 

ALBANY, OREG. Two records 
were broken at Grace Brethren 
Church recently when church attend- 
ance reached 125 and Sunday-school 
attendance was 126. These were the 
highest recorded attendances for the 
last six years. Nelson E. Hall, pastor. 

laymen's rally of the Northern Ohio 
District is to be held at Good News 
Grace Brethren Church June 11. 
Marion Thomas, pastor. 

DeArmey, pastor of our Brethren 
church in Listie, Pa., held evangelis- 
tic meetings at First Brethren Church 
here March 31 to April 11. True L. 
Hunt, pastor. 

WHEATON, ILL. Mr. Jim Ren- 
ick, a Grace Seminary graduate who 
is currently working in the national 
headquarters of Christian Service 
Brigade, was special speaker in the 
morning service of Grace Brethren 
Church April 4. In the evening a 
color film of John Bunyan's classic. 
The Pilgrim's Progress, was shown. 
Dean Fetterhoff, pastor. 

ard Grant, executive editor and gen- 
eral manager of the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Co., held an eight-day 
series of services at Commonwealth 
Avenue Brethren Church in April. 
On April 12 the Grace College choir 
presented a concert here in which 
they featured Mendelssohn's Elijah. 
John J. Burns, pastor. 

tian Service Crusade" was conducted 

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April 11 to 18 at Grace Brethren 
Church by Dr. Glenn O'Neal, pro- 
fessor at Talbot Seminary. A special 
feature of this crusade was a Chris- 
tian activity program in which the 
entire congregation was invited to 
participate. Lyle W. Marvin, pastor. 

CLAYTON, OHIO. Two mission- 
aries spoke at Clayton Brethren 
Church on March 21: Rev. Edward 
Mensinger in the morning, and Rev. 
Solon Hoyt in the evening. Miss Bet- 
tinalio, an Argentine Christian, also 
gave her testimony. William E. How- 
ard is pastor. 

LISTIE, PA. A musical ensemble 
from the Vicksburg Brethren Church, 
Hollidaysburg, Pa., presented special 
music at Listie Brethren Church 
Sunday evening, March 28. In April 
a series of evangelistic meetings was 
held here by Rev. Ed Lewis, of Cuya- 
hoga Falls, Ohio. Max A. DeArmey, 

Rev. James Stricklin, chaplain at the 
San Bernardino County Hospital, 
was guest speaker at Grace Brethren 
Church on March 28. Emlyn H. 
Jones is pastor. 

member Grace College choir present- 
ed a sacred concert at First Brethren 
Church April 2. Three of the choir 
members are from the Wooster con- 
gregation. Kenneth Ashman, pastor. 

BERNE, IND. On April 4 Rev. 
Scott Weaver, pastor of Bethel Breth- 
ren Church in Osceola, Ind., reported 
to the Brethren church here on his 
recent evangelistic tour of our Cen- 
tral African mission stations. Kenneth 
E. Russell, pastor. 

speaker in the worship service at 
Grace Brethren Church March 21 
was James Renick, son-in-law of Pas- 
tor and Mrs. Wayne Baker and a 
member of the Brethren church in 
Wheaton, 111. 

missionaries from Africa and Argen- 
tina took part in the missionary con- 
ference at First Brethren Church 
held April 4 to 11. Also present was 
Dr. Russell Barnard, general secre- 

tary of the Foreign Missionary So- 
ciety. Two films were shown: "Sui- 
cide Mountain" and "A Boy from 
France." Raymond W. Thompson, 

VANDALIA, OHIO. A week of 
special meetings were held at Van- 
dalia Grace Brethren Church April 
18 to 25; Rev. Charles Ashman, pas- 
tor of the Brethren church in Winona 
Lake, Ind., was speaker. Sherwood 
V. Durkee, pastor. 

4 Dr. Harold Etling, national Sun- 
dav-school director, spoke in the 
morning worship service at the Lvnd- 
hurst Grace Brethren Church. After 
a carrv-in dinner at noon. Dr. and 
Mrs. Etling conducted a Sunday- 
school workshop. On the following 
evening the Grace College choir pre- 
sented a sacred concert at the church. 
Jesse B. Deloe, Jr., pastor. 

ladies of First Brethren Church re- 
cently held a meat shower for Pastor 
and Mrs. Robert Wbited. Evangelist 
Ron Thompson is to begin meetings 
here May 2. 

conference was held at First Brethren 
Church March 28 to 31. Rev. Charles 
Kalisky was the speaker. Charles 
Thornton is pastor. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. Riverside 
Brethren Church and the Jenners 
Brethren Church, Jenners, Pa., ob- 
ser\'ed an "Exchange Sunday" in 
March, as the two pastors, Sunday- 
school superintendents, and assistant 
superintendents traded churches for 
the day. Don Rough is pastor of 
Riverside Brethren; Kenneth Wilt is 
pastor at Jenners. 

Easter \'esper concert was presented 
on Palm Sunday at First Brethren 
Church, featuring parts of Handel's 
Messiah and Brahms' Requiem. 
Charles W. Maj'es, pastor. 

new projection screen was installed 
recently at First Brethren Church; 
it was used for the first time by Larry 
DeArmey and Dan Hammers, two 

young men from Grace Seminary 
who plan to go to France this sum- 
mer to help with our missionary pro- 
gram. On April 4 Rev. and Mrs. 
Eddie Mensinger took part in the eve- 
ning service. The Mensingers hope 
to leave this month for their first term 
of missionary service in Central Afri- 
can Republic. Wesley Haller, pastor. 

and Mrs. Larry K. Gegner, R. R. I, 
Bellville, Ohio 44813. Rev. and Mrs. 
Forest F. Lance, 9450 Columbine, 
Montclair, CaliL 91761. Rev. and 
Mrs. Charles M. Martin, 4613 Mc- 
Donald Dr., Sacramento, Calif. 
95821. Rev. and Mrs. John W. 
Mayes, Box 87, Sunnvside, Wash. 
98944. Rev. and Mrs.' Jack Peters, 
136 Sunset Dr., Ashland, Ohio. 
Please change Annual. 

WINCHESTER, VA. The young 
people of First Brethren Church were 
in charge of the Sunday evening ser- 
vice March 28; the Christian film, 
"Teenage Loyalty," was shown. A 
Singspiration ended the evening. 
Paul E. Dick, pastor. 

PERU, IND. Jerry Root has ac- 
cepted the call to become pastor of 
Peru Brethren Church, beginning 
about June 1. Pastor Root is a grad- 
uate of Grace Seminary in Winona 
Lake, Ind. 

DAYTON, OHIO. The Southern 
Ohio District Sundav-school conven- 
tion was held at North Riverdale 
Brethren Church April 6 to 8. Main 
speaker for the convention was Dr. 
Harold Etling, national Sunday- 
school director; workshops were con- 
ducted by Dr. and Mrs. Etling, Miss 
Bobbette Osborn, Mrs. Gerald Tow- 
ner, Mr. Sam Grice, Rev. Caleb Zim- 
merman, and Mr. Kenn Sanders. A 
superintendents' dinner was held, at 
which Dr. Etling was speaker. Rich- 
ard L. Burch, pastor. 

LANSING, MICH. Rev. J. Ward 
Tressler has resigned as pastor of 
Grace Brethren Church here and has 
accepted the pastorate of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Fremont, Ohio. 
Rev. Tressler has served in home- 
mission churches for 15 years and has 
been at Lansing for a little more than 
six years. 

May 1, 1965 



By William L. Coleman 

Senior, Grace Theological Seminary 

To the casual tourist it may appear 
as though the father of our countrv 
had a great capacity for sleeping. It 
seems as if every resort or lodge in 
northeastern America displays a rus- 
tic little placque which announces 
the historical accusation that the 
famous cherry tree chopper spent the 
night there. Few of these signs add 
any real insight into the habits or 
demeanor of the grand general; all 
the proprietor knows is that he slept. 

Sleeping in itself does not reveal 
a startling amount about a man's per- 
sonality. For many of us it immedi- 
ately establishes a kinship of passions 
but otherwise leaves the subject con- 
veniently anonymous. 

In hundreds of Christian homes 

too many children and wives suffer 
from a serious case of the vanishing 
male. Doubtless the crushing prob- 
lems of board meetings, planning 
committees, custodian counsels, and 
furniture coordinators press upon the 
young father and consume a good 
deal of his time. But what a shame 
if these duties of good deeds have 
deprived a home of its head and 
champion. Some families would have 
every right to initiate a pompous 
ceremonv and with all due formality 
erect a distinctive sign which reads, 
"Jack Jones sleeps here." To many 
families this is the wav they know 
him best. 

What a horrible problem of undis- 
ciplined, disrespectful, ill-mannered 

children must come from just this 
situation. We are often shocked at 
the schools our children attend, the 
habits they develop, the music they 
hear, and the company they keep. 
However, consider for a moment the 
fathers they keep. 

If God gave us responsibilities in 
the local church, then certainly we 
are obligated to work in that church. 
But are our familes not a part of the 
present and future church? Are we 
not at once bound to nurture and 
strengthen the spiritual part of that 
church which lives in our home? Is 
not the neglect of that home as much 
sin as any sin? 

In order for a person to venture 
into the riskv sport of giving advice 


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to parents, he should have as part of 
his qualifications the wisdom of Solo- 
mon, the boldness of Peter, the age 
of Methuselah, and at least as many 
children as Jacob. Nevertheless, it 
may be well for us to re-examine 
some basic principles. There are at 
least three questions that a father 
should ask himself before leaving his 
family for the evening. 

Is It Necessary? 

Many Christian people have be- 
come so filled with compassion that 
they cannot say no to any call, no 
matter how flimsy. Every cause from 
just "giving moral support" to more 
demanding tasks, as being assistant 
referee in a marble shooting contest, 
have beckoned parents from their 
responsibilities at home. Christian 
help and charity are valid reasons for 
requiring a person's attention, but 
surely we must choose well what is 
really important. Paul said, "Our- 
selves your servants for Jesus' sake" 
(II Cor. 4:5). The key to his servi- 
tude was the phrase "for Jesus' sake." 
Maybe we need be more discerning, 
and if our duties are not for His 
sake, then we are far better off at 
home with the children. To nurture 
them in the things of God is defi- 
nitely "for Christ's sake." 

What Will It Cost? 

How many pastors have said, 
"That church cost me my son," or 
"When he wanted to go to a basket- 
ball game I was always busy." Few 
things are sadder than to hear a 
parent explain how he "lost" his son. 
And yet, how seldom do we hear 
about the steps to be taken to prevent 
such a loss. 

Each time that a father leaves his 
house, he has to ask himself whether 
or not he can afford to go. Is there 
something at home more pressing, 
more needy, more his responsibility? 
While describing the qualifications 
for a bishop, Paul said that he should 
rule his household well. Any tyrant 
can rule a household, but does not 
that ruler have to be present to do 
it well— warmly, justly, consistently? 

What Is the Trend? 

In school it was always educational 
to know your grades at the middle 
of the semester. That way you could 
see the trend and act accordingly by 

either panicking, worrying, complain- 
ing, or writing home for more money. 
Sometimes as parents we need to sit 
down, count up the days at home, 
and check the trend. It may be sur- 
prising to find that we are not home 
enough evenings really to qualify as 
a relative. Some of our children 
possibly have friends who are at the 
house more than we are. Count up 
the evenings at home and see if they 
add up to disaster. 

When Cyrus arrived at Babylon, 
he found that the citv was built so 
well that there was no practical way 
for his Medo-Persian army to capture 
it. They could not scale the walls or 
tear them down. Yet, one day the 
people of Babylon opened their doors 
and invited Cyrus in to be their con- 
queror. For Belshazzar had so neg- 
lected and abused the people of 
Babylon that they welcomed an in- 
vader. Some day our families may 
cry out like this. Not because we 
were too good or too bad, but be- 
cause we simply were not there. 

"WeJMng Bells 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Gail Craghead and Hoye Graves, 
Dec. 19, Grace Brethren Church, 
Covington, Va. 

Yolanda Gibson and Edward 
Hatcher, Feb. 6, Grace Brethren 
Church, Covington, Va. 

Sherry Atchley and Lloyd King- 
ham, Feb. 12, Westminster Brethren 
Church, Westminster, Calif. 

Dixie Leyerle and Richard Vos- 
kamp, Feb. 14, Grace Brethren 
Church, San Bernardino, Calif. 

Mary Whitaker and Duane C. 
Miller, March 20, Grace Brethren 
Church, Alto, Mich. 

Joyce Bates and Charles Secrist, 
March 26, First Brethren Church, 
Buena Vista, Va. 

Elenor Mann and David Newton, 
March 27, Grace Brethren Church, 
Elkhart, Ind. 

Linda Joyce Thompson and John 
Howard Shields, March 27, Los 
Altos Brethren Church, Long Beach, 

Sharon Auxt and Terry White, 
April 16, Grace Brethren Church, 
Hagerstown, Md. 

cJ'^^ iJVtemoliam 

Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

ZEIGLER, Charles Walter, 65, a 

member pf the Listie Brethren 

Church, Listie, Pa., died March 19. 

Max DeArmey, pastor. 

ST L7TZM AN, Guy, went to be 
with the Lord March 2L He was a 
member of the First Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, Pa. 

James C. Sweeton, pastor. 

FROST, Ernest, died Friday, 

March 26, after a long illness. He 

was a faithful member of First 

Berthren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Charles W. Mayes, pastor. 

BRUMBAUGH, Mrs. Leona, 
passed away March 27. She was a 
dedicated Christian and a faithful 
member of First Brethren Church, 
Martinsburg, Pa. 

John Terrell, pastor. 

SAMPSON, Michael, 20, died at 
Bethesda Naval Hospital Sunday 
morning, March 21. Memorial serv- 
ices were held the following Thurs- 
day. He was a member of First 
Brethren Church, Washington, D.C. 
William A. Ogden, pastor. 

ZOOK, Mrs. Lillie Belle, 97, died 
in Oklahoma on March 16 of an ill- 
ness that had lasted for seven years. 
She was a member of Grace Brethren 
Church, Fort Wayne, Ind.; the First 
Brethren Church of Fort Wayne 
grew out of a Bible class that origi- 
nally met in Mrs. Zook's living room. 
Paul R. Fink, pastor. 


Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Church Date 



Cuyahoga Falls, May 9-16 

Edward Lewis 

Jesse Deloe, Jr. 


Beaumont, Calif. May 9-16 

Miles Taber 

Leo Polman 

May 1, 1965 


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PRAISE the Lord for the excellent 
progress being made by Miss Ruth 
Snyder, Africa missionary on emer- 
gency medical furlough, after three 
episodes of major surgery; pray for 
her complete restoration. 

PRAY for the health of the mis- 
sionaries in Argentina; there have 
been several incidents of physical dif- 
ficulty recently. 

PRAY for the blessing of the Lord 
on the Phil Guerenas and their testi- 
mony in Mexico. 

PRAY for the students and teach- 
ers in our Christian day schools in 

?V,MS>E God for the adults who 
have been recently saved in the 
testimony at Waimalu, Hawaii, and 
are growing in the Lord. 


PRAY for the executive committee 
as they meet this month to plan the 
laymen's portion of the conference 
program. Ask that the Spirit of God 
may direct. 

PRAISE the Lord for the number 
of laymen's groups supporting the 
national projects. 


VRAIS^ the Lord for the excellent 
report from the auditor regarding the 
1964 operation of the Missionary 

PRAY for the special visitation 
issue being planned for publication 
on May 29. 

PRAY for the work of publica- 
tions, as many churches will be em- 
phasizing the work of the Mission- 
ary Herald during June and July. 


PRAY that our churches and in- 
dividual people may make personal 
evangelism the primary work of their 

PRAY for the ministry of Ron 
Thompson in Cheyenne, Wyoming, 
in May. 


VVifiiY for the college and semi- 
nary students as they take their final 
examinations, beginning May 20 and 

VViA^ for the Commencement 
activities, which begin Sunday, May 
23, with the seminary senior class 
service and conclude with the com- 
bined graduation service Thursday, 
May 27, at 10 a.m. 

PRAY that the Lord will definitely 
guide the graduates of both the col- 
lege and seminary as to their future 

^Vi/^ for the summer vacation 
activities of both students and fac- 
ulty. Pray especially for two summer 
teams which will be visiting many of 
our churches in the East and the 

VVifii^l for many young people who 
are now making decisions as to which 
college or seminary to attend next 


PRAY for the financial needs of 
the Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil due to the drop in the offering 
for the last fiscal year ending March 
31, 1965. 

?Y{AY for the preparation of re- 
ports and materials to be transported 
to Long Beach, California, in con- 
nection with the annual Board 
meeting and our annual conference. 

VViK^ for the sale of properties 
that would aid two churches in going 

VKfi^ for the home-mission 
churches in need of pastors at this 

VW/^ for the summer missionary 
program in our New Mexico and 
Kentucky mission works. 


PRAY that the Loyalty Campaign 
now in operation will bear fruit in 
Christian lives. 

PRAY for several new Sunday 
schools that are just getting started. 

^'RAY for Vacation Bible Schools 

which will be underway in the next 
two weeks to two months. 

PRAY for the itineration of the 
national Sunday-school director. 

?ViAY that the finances of the 
National Sunday School Board may 
be fully met by our schools. 


PRAY that our SMM girls who 
are graduating from high schools and 
colleges will be willing to let the 
Lord have His way in their lives. 

PRAY that many of our SMM 
girls will be able to attend national 
camp in August. 

PRAY that our SMM girls will be 
more missionary-minded and willing 
to ser\'e the Lord in our foreign 


VVifiii that each woman may feel 
the need of revival in her heart and 
in the heart of every believer and 
that she may rededicate her life to 
the Lord. 

PRAY that each one may feel the 
need of witnessing and the work of 
personal evangelism. 

VY{/\Y that there may be an in- 
crease of interest among God's peo- 
ple in attending the prayer meet- 

?Y{AY that the Spirit of God 
might manifest himself in the lives 
of our young people, that they might 
desire to serve Him and dedicate 
themselves for Christian service 
wherever He leads. 


VR/^ for the Brethren Youth 
Conference Committee as they plan 
for this year's national youth con- 
ference in August at Biola College 
in California. 

PRAY for Dan Grabill as he di- 
rects the national youth program 
for the Brethren churches. 

?RAY for the faithful youth 
leaders in our Brethren churches as 
they guide the local youth programs. 

VT{A>[ for the Brethren teens who 
will be graduating from high school 
this year. Pray that they will seek 
and know God's will for their lives. 

VViA^Y for the continued financial 
support of the Brethren Youth Coun- 
cil and especially for the heavy fi- 
nancial needs of the summer min- 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

"The Surrender of Gen- 
eral Lee to General 
Grant, April 9, 1865." by 
L. M. D. Gulllaume. 

By Rev. Wendell 
E. Kent, Pastor, 
Washington Heights 
Brethren Church, 
Roanoke, Virginia 


On April 9, 1865, Lee met Grant 
at Appomattox, and a bloody war was 
over. On April 9, 1965, I stood at 
the same historic spot and meditated 
upon the long road to surrender. 

Because the Civil War has long 
been a source of interest to me and 
incidentally has supplied me with 
many sermon illustrations, I had 
decided to take the day off and drive 
the 75 miles from my home to Ap- 
pomattox to witness the centennial 
observance. In doing so, I joined a 
crowd of nearly fifteen thousand. 
There were buses filled with school 
children. There were buffs in their 
tattered Confederate and Union uni- 
forms. Occasionally a rebel yell from 
some loyal Southern child was heard. 
The restored McLean house and the 
old courthouse stand just as they did 
a hundred years ago. 

Here, on an April afternoon in a 
country parlor, Robert E. Lee, com- 
mander of the Army of Northern 
Virginia, came to surrender his army. 
He had said earlier, "There is noth- 
ing left me to do but to go and see 
General Grant, and I would rather 
die a thousand deaths." Surrender is 

never easy. Six hundred seventeen 
thousand lives had been given in this 
conflict, more losses than in all the 
combined wars in which America has 
fought. This was a strange war. It 
pitted brother against brother and 
demonstrated the depths of man's 
depravity. At the same time it called 
forth some of the greatest examples 
of heroism and devotion to duty in 
American history. Now, that conflict 
was over. 

Historian Bruce Catton, in his 
brief address, told the audience just 
how crucial this moment was in our 
history. Had the terms of surrender 
been different, and had either Grant 
or Lee been of lesser stature, the 
troops of both sides might have 
turned to a guerilla-type warfare 
which would have resulted in a 
ruined country and even greater 
losses. Instead, these two men dem- 
onstrated that they knew how to end 
a war as well as how to fight one. 
Said Mr. Catton, "We have one 
country now but at a terrible price, 
cemented everlastingly together be- 
cause at the end of our most terrible 
war the men who had fought so 

hard decided that they had had 
enough of hatred." 

As I heard the U.S. Marine Band 
begin their brief concert with the 
familiar "Onward Christian Soldiers," 
I thought about how difficult it is 
for any man to surrender that which 
has cost him anything. But the road 
to surrender is often the road to 
peace and to progress. 

So it is in the spiritual life. We 
find it hard to surrender our hearts, 
our wills, our material blessings to 
the Lord. We often prefer to go on 
fighting rather than to take those 
steps to surrender that are necessary. 
But the Christian discovers, some- 
times after a series of defeats, that 
surrender is the only path to blessing 
and to peace, no matter how hum- 
bling it may be at the beginning. 

We can hope that our nation 
learned some lessons at Gettysburg 
and Chattanooga and Vicksburg— 
lessons that teach us the awfulness 
of war. Have we learned any similar 
lessons from the defeats we have suf- 
fered while fighting against surren- 
der to the will of God? 

May 7, 7965 



(An open letter jrom a father to his daugh- 
ter upon her graduation from high school.) 

By Rev. Robert D. Whited 

Pastor, First Brethren Church 
Cheyenne, Wyoming 

In a very few days now you will be graduating from high school. It 
doesn't seem possible that you are that old. It was only a short time ago 
that I held you in my arms, wheeled you in a buggy, and pushed you in 
the park swing in Alaska. But time does fly, doesn't it? And the older you 
get, the faster it goes by. 

Believe it or not, I graduated from high school at one time, back in the 
"olden days," as you would put it. Again, it seems incredible that 23 
years have gone by since I walked across a stage and received my diploma. 
But it's true. 

After you graduate, I hope you won't follow my footsteps and waste 
precious years which could be used to the glory of God. I'd like to buy back 
the wasted time from 1942 to 1953 when I was unsaved, undisciplined, and 
uncommitted. But I can't. 

You know most of my past, but let me refresh your memory. Your 
Grandma is a wonderful Christian woman, has been ever since I can re- 
member. She raised four children by herself. She took us to Sunday school 
and church every Sunday. But I was never saved. As I grew older, I became 
more and more rebellious and independent. I was determined to have my 
way; I was going to have fun! Mom prayed for me daily; others prayed 
also. But all I wanted was that they mind their own business. "If they 
would only leave me alone!" was my constant thought. 

Well, I had my own way. I entered the service in World War II, 
fought through three invasions. God was good; He watched over me, 
brought me home safe. Then came marriage. I purposely picked out a girl 
who had absolutely no church background, your mother. I drifted from 
job to job. I couldn't settle down; there was no purpose in my life. I chafed 
and fretted, completely unsatisfied. Finally, I re-enlisted, thinking perhaps 
this would help. It didn't. Another discharge came, and with it more 
jobs, more frustration. 

About this time your mother went to an evangelistic meeting. Rev. Dean 
Fetterhoff was speaking. She went forward and was wonderfully saved. 
She came home and told me about it. I wasn't exactly overjoyed, but I 
knew she was right. Her life was completely different, and for a whole 
year she prayed, and lived before me a wonderful Christian life. Others 
were praying and witnessing to me. The conviction got to be more than 
I could bear. Then, one Sunday night in February, 1953, your dad came 
to the end of himself. He saw himself as the rotten sinner he really was, 
living for self and self only. Christ came into my heart that night and 
changed my life, gave me a purpose for living I hadn't had before. 

Then came schooling, eight long years of it, with children to support. 
Finally, God put me into the ministry, all through His grace. 

Wonderful ending? Yes, but think of the many long years I wasted! 
How much heartache I would have saved my mother and myself if I had 
yielded to Christ upon graduation from high school. How much easier 
to go through college without the added responsibility of a family, and 
having to work six days a week, full time. 

So I'm writing this in hopes that it will help you to consider your future 
in the light of what God would have you do. After all, "What is your 
life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth 
away." Don't waste precious years; make the most of your life for the glory 
of Christ, who loved you and gave himself for you. You'll never regret it! 

Your Dad 


Home Missions and 
Grace Schools Issue 

May 15, 1965 

Lancaster Branch--a Sign of Growth 

Brethren Home Missions 


By L L Grubb 

A Sick American Church 

"The postwar boom brought into churches millions of 
people who were not convinced Christians, but who 
were looking for a faith to live by and were willing 
to listen to what the churches had to offer. It is evident 
from the Stark-Glock survey that many of them are still 
looking— or have settled for a set of religious attitudes 
which fall far short of the orthodox Christian faith." 

So says United Press International relative to the Stark- 
Glock survey of the Survey Research Center of the Uni- 
versity of California. 

Here is one of the reasons the American church is sick. 
It is peopled with members who are not born again— 
not truly the children of God through faith in Jesus 
Christ. But, why are they not born again? Because many 
of them have never heard the message of salvation. How 
can they hear without a faithful preacher? The American 
church in general is not making the Word of God its cen- 
tral theme and message. Therefore, how can it satisfy the 
heart-longings of its members? 

Yes, the American church is sick spiritually. We can- 
not sav it needs a revival, because many of its members 
are spirituallv dead. Instead, it needs evangelizing. More 
hundreds of thousands of unbelieving church members 
are added to American church rolls annually. Unless this 
is changed, the American church will grow sicker. 

Results from a Sick Church 

Many different reasons are given for the increase in 
crime and immorality in America. We blame it on the 
psychologist who would coddle rather than spank chil- 
dren, or on the evolutionist who denies creation and 
makes himself a superior entity, or on the courts and our 
weak laws which pamper criminals and discriminate 


A new Brethren church 
hung out its sign on April 
4, 1965, at Elizabethtown, 
Pennsylvania, with 70 pres- 
ent shown in the picture. 

Volume 27, Number 10 

Richard E. Grant, Executive Editor 
SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake. Ind. Issued biweekly 
by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Inc.. Box 544. Winona 
Lake. Ind. 46590. Subscription price: $3.50 a year, foreign. $4.50. 
Special rates to churches. 

against the victims, or on TV programs which bring about 
thirty hours of violence into our living rooms each week, 
or on the Supreme Court's decision to outlaw Bible read- 
ing and prayer in the public schools, or on the publish- 
ers of pornographv and indecent magazines. All of these 
are contributing factors. 

But the American church stands indicted as well. Of 
this, one religious periodical said, "If Christianity is what 
it claims to be it cannot escape from a tremendous sense 
of accountability." One minister said, "If sackcloth and 
ashes are in order, repentance might well begin at the 
House of God." 

A sick church spiritually will not take a strong moral 
stand. Recently, a college campus magazine, produced bv 
four major church denominations, boldlv advocated a com- 
plete breakdown of all sex standards and asked that the 
reader look deeper into the human personalitv and phys- 
ical makeup for "love" without fear. If the church does 
not take a stand on the righteousness of God, what kind 
of moral code mav we expect from the world? 

A sick church spirituallv will not advocate Bible studv 
and prayer. The fact that Christ is the Son of God, that 
He shed His blood for sin and sinners, and that He arose 
from the dead would be unpleasant doctrine for an 
average church member. Scriptural standards of morality 
would be unacceptable. Praver would be a waste of time 
for the unsaved religionist. Thus he has no personal con- 
tact with God. So, he humanizes God and deifies man. 

A sick church spiritually preaches a social gospel. 
Without getting to the seat of sin in the human heart, 
it aims to change man for the better by an improved 
environment and economic and social reforms. All men 
must be brought into the brotherhood of a socialistic 
state. A'lan is inherently good and all he needs is the right 
chance to prove it. The true gospel of Jesus Christ teaches 
the opposite. All men are sinners (Rom. 3:23), and all 
need the Saviour (Rom. 6:23), and Jesus is the only 
Saviour (Rom. 5:1-2). Only this gospel is the power of 
God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16-17). What a difference! 

A sick church spiritually cannot and will not help 

The Only Remedy 

Churches which believe and teach the gospel of Jesus 
Christ must enter into a massive, intensive program of 
personal evangelism (Acts 1:8). All efforts to change 
major denominational beliefs will fail. Efforts to change 
the doctrinal teaching of seminaries will not avail. Mass 
evangelism will do only a partial job. At every oppor- 
tunity individual believers must contact members of these 
sick churches and direct them to a personal experience 

(Continued on -page 9) 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

Brethren Home Missiorts 

Lancaster Branch Looks Healthy 

The Grace Brethren Church of 
Greater Lancaster, Pennsylvania, sent | 
forth a new branch work at Eliza- 
bethtown on April 4, 1965. For the I 
first Sunday there were 70 present 
for Sunday school, and the mother 
church at Lancaster had 226. On the" 
following Sunday, Elizabethtown had 
73 and Lancaster 246. For Easter | 
Sunday the figures were 68 and 248. 
The March average for Lancaster | 
was 267 before giving up the 70 to 
start their new branch at Elizabeth- 

^ USKSIlop 

fi^Kos mcD s mm 

Clenter top down: Pio- 
fneers, Mr. and Mrs. 
[ Richard Wells and fam- 
ily; Rev. Robert Lapp 
and family; and Mrs. 
Kiser, of tlie nursery 
department (symbolic 
of crying needs of a 
new work). Below: 
Prospective new church 
location. Extreme left : 
Hess Music Shop, the 
present meeting place. 



town, and so we see the blessing of I 
the Lord in the increased attend- 1 
ances of both churches. 

The new Elizabethtown branch 
meeting in the Hess Music Shop at I 
a fee of $100 per month, but thi 
is for only a three-month perioc 
After this, if the meeting place is stil 
available, the rental fee might tripL 
Pray for this need of a meeting place 

Rev. Robert Lapp, a member of th 
Lancaster church, has been called to| 
pastor the branch work on a part- 
time arrangement. With the help of I 
the new group, the Lancaster church, 
and the North Atlantic District, this! 
new branch will be able to care for| 
their immediate financial needs. 

The Richard Wells family deserves 
the title of "Brethren Church Pio-I 
neers," having assisted in starting the I 
Palmyra, the Lancaster, and now thel 
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, home-l 
mission churches. The Wells started! 
in home-mission pioneering as mem- 1 
hers of Grace Brethren Church, Har- 
risburg, Pennsylvania. Their home! 

May 15, 1965 

fis only two miles from the Elizabeth- 

'town branch now, but thev were 

faithful at Lancaster even though it 

meant traveling 80 miles per Sunday. 

The new branch already has a 
church location under consideration 
and will probably try to arrange pur- 
chase of it. 

The Lancaster church is to be com- 
mended for its missionary vision and 
for its willingness to back up the 
vision with the "sending forth" of the 
fine group of its members to begin 
this new branch work. Surely, it looks 
like a healthy branch! T 

The Grace Brethren Church 

Branch of 

Lancaster Grace Brethren 

Brethren Home Missions 

Missions Victory on Easter Sunday 

April 1, 1965 

Dear Friend: 

What would you have said? ,,^^^^^^^ 

1 .ean, how would yo^ ^- ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^, , ,, 
Colhtt, Marvir. ar.d ^^^^^^^^^^^ ^ome Missions doesn. 
Dry Hill, Kentucky, work unmed-- ^^^^^ 

have the funds to send them, b^ th Y ^^^^^ ^^^^ ^^^^ 

taller churches in Johnstown ha^ J ^^^ ^^^ ^^^^ 
of Dixie's support if ^^^^^^X^ $1,7 50 to support Marvin. 
-^"r:r:l--spea.n„ his heart burdened 

J;:d^;:;a:tUKen.uc.y field. 

What .ouU you ka.. W? ^^^ ^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^.^ 

Would you have said, Sorry^ ^avajoland and 

port. He did such an o-^^^-^^my used of the Lord m 
he certainly could have been m ghu^ ^^^ ,^, ,, 

Kentucky-if only ^^^^^\^:^l ■ JLtainly will make a 
couldn't go." Or, would you^- a .^^ ^^^^^ ^^^ 

sure Dixie will do a fine pb. ^^^,^ ^^^^ 

Of course you ^^^f ;;;rw*i see toi. tWt Hs nee.. 

said just what I said: Se^'^ ^^^^^ ^p^f ,,, ,,e have 385 mem- 
; Lken care of. A^-^ ^^^^^ ' ou; members and friends 
hers in Grace Brethren Cb-^h an^ ^^ ,^^^ , ,,ssionarv 

can't afford nine cents per week o , ^^ ^^^^^^^ ^^, 
on the field for Christ, wed better g 

quit plaving church.' . . , -,3, ,s 1 did. 

P. ,os..e you'd have sai^t^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 

On Easter Sunday we -^^ ^^^ ^^ ^^,,,d to that cross. Foi 
church. Your Easter -velo.e wi 1 J ^^^ ^^^^ ^^ ^^^^^^,,, 
lesus For Marvin. For precious sou s ^^^^^ ^^^^ 

- -t ^^'",° nailed there for you. 
nail to the cross?! mean B,,,use of Calvary, 

Robert B. Collitt 

By Robert B. Collitt 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Hagerstown, Maryland 

The Grace Brethren Church 
here in Hagerstown, Maryland, 
had a great missions victory on 
Easter Sunday. 

Believing that the local 
church has a very real responsi- 
bility toward those who leave 
it to serve the Lord full time, 
the church council was ap- 
proached with the idea of rais- 
ing $1,750 for the support of 
one of its sons, Marvin Lovvery, 
missionary to Dry Hill, Ken- 
tucky. The church council en- 
thusiastically endorsed the idea. 
Two letters were mailed out 
prior to Easter Sunday advising 
the folks that on Easter Sunday 
their special offering envelopes 
would be "nailed to a cross." 
The first letter is reproduced 
here and the special envelope 
was enclosed with this letter. A 
specially-constructed cross was 
placed on the platform of the 
sanctuarv; and at the close of 
the day, $1,500 had been 
"nailed to the cross." 

On Sunday night, one young 
married couple who had been 
savin c to buy a new bedroom 
suite decided, instead, to give 
the $50 they had saved to the 
missionary offering. Doubtless, 
other sacrifices were made. 

Not only were folks blessed 
in this sacrificial offering, but 
all other areas of Grace Breth- 
ren's financial picture were in- 
creased as well. The general 
budget need was exceeded and 
the foreign missions designation 
was one of the largest in the 
foreign missions offering period. 

(Home-mission editor's note: 
Here is proof again that God 
blesses a church with missionary 
vision. The other churches men- 
tioned in the letter are the Cone- 
maugh Brethren Church, Cone- 
maugh, Pennsylvania: the River- 
side Brethren Church. Johnstown, 
Pennsylvania; and the Pilte Breth- 
ren Church, Conemaugh, Pennsyl- 
vania. These churches are pro- 
viding the salary for Mrs. IMarvin 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

Brethren Home Missions 

criome UMlsslon ^leld ~!\epo^ts 

KOKOMO, IND. (Herman Hein, 
pastor). The Lord was good to us in 
that the tornado that devastated the 
southern part of Kokomo only bent 
the cross on our church. We had 
about fifty in the evening service; but 
after the tornado alert, we had over 
a hundred with neighbors that came 
in seeking safety in our basement. 
Ten decisions for sah'ation were made 
during the Nathan Meyer meetings. 

AKRON, OHIO (Vernon Harris, 
pastor). The Lord has been contin- 
uing to bless each Sunday. There 
have been decisions every Sunday 
since the beginning of this vear. 
Eleven decisions were made one Sun- 
day morning. The nature and impact 
of these decisions for salvation made 
this the greatest Sunday our church 
has seen during my ministry here. 
Fourteen were baptized on Palm Sun- 
day evening and 12 received into 
membership on Easter Sunday. Sick- 
ness and absence hindered five others 
from joining vvith us. 

WHEATON, ILL. (Dean Fetter- 
hoff, pastor). We had a new four- 

year record high of 96 in Sunday 
school on March 28. This gave us 
the national Sunday-school banner 
for our division in March. Our new 
Christian Service Brigade Stockade 
group now averages 1 5 in attendance. 

vin Hobson, pastor). During the week 
of March 14 to 21 William Tweed- 
dale of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, held 
an evangelistic meeting for us. It was 
a time of harvesting as 15 boys and 
girls under 12, a high-school senior, 
two teen-age girls, three voung 
mothers, and one man made public 
decisions. Two men and one lady 
accepted Christ in their homes dur- 
ing the week, and one man was saved 
in the hospital. On the closing eve- 
ning as the invitation was given, 
more than three dozen people joined 
the pastor and evangelist in public 
reconsecration of life to the Lord. 

Hocking, pastor). Easter Sunday was 
a day of great blessing with seven 
first-time confessions of Christ as 
Saviour. We had 78 for Sunday 

school and a record 133 for the morn- 
ing worship service. Another pros- 
pective church location has been 
closed to us, but we now have a new 
location we are investigating as to 

ler, pastor). Last Sunday (Easter) 
was victory Sunday. A .new record 
was set in Sunday school with 126 
and in the morning worship with 
123. We had two public decisions 
for Christ, making a total of five the 
first three weeks of the new quarter. 
A baptismal service was held for 12 
on Sunday, April 25. In the first 
quarter we had 15 public decisions, 
baptized four, and added five to our 

(Charles Martin, pastor). We are 
now in our new work. We arrived 
on Saturday, April 17, and the folks 
had everything in readiness with even 
food in the cupboards. On the fol- 
lowing day (Easter) we had 62 in 
Sunday school and 66 in the morn- 
ing worship service, and 60 stayed 
for the carry-in dinner. Three young 
people were accepted into the mem- 

g^y;,^»Mfl3 ..D p^]g(«l jtia 

The 1964-65 fiscal year in Breth- 
ren Home Missions is now complete, 
and the offering report is being pre- 
sented on the following pages for 
comparison. You can compare church 
with church, district vvith district, or 
grand total v\'th grand total. Anv 
wav vou look at it, the end result is 
$8,674.55 short of the 1963-64 fiscal 
year. A report of this kind does not 
necessarily gi\'e an accurate picture 
of an individual church due to some 
circumstances that are not published 
with the report. For this reason, con- 
clusions should be carefully drawn. 

Naturally when a report is not so 
good as a previous year, it is a matter 
of concern to everyone associated 

May 75, 1965 

with the work of Brethren Home 
Missions. Our first concern is to 
know where we failed. We would 
be the first to confess that we have 
failed, and this alwavs raises the 
question then, where? Our next con- 
cern is for the missionary' vision of 
our Brethren churches. Has our field 
grown smaller in the past year, and 
therefore the need is less? This does 
not seem like a logical conclusion. 
What about the matter of prayer? 
We were concerned enough to re- 
member the needs in prayer at least 
every working day. Were you this 

We herewith present the report for 
your comparison and your concern. 

By Frank J. Poland 

With it comes the appreciation of a 
grateful mission board and home- 
mission family for every gift, large or 
small. We know that many of the 
dollars shown in this report represent 
gifts from widows' pensions and So- 
cial Security incomes. 

We would beseech you to compare 
again the need of America for the 
gospel today with the need of one 
year ago. At the same time, compare 
vour concern for this need. Surely if 
the need is greater, then the concern 
should be greater, the prayer should 
be greater, and the response should 
be greater in this present fiscal year. 

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Winona Lake, Indiana 

April 1, 1963— March 31, 1964 and April 1, 1964— March 31, 1965 

The gifts included in this report represent General Fund, Jewish Missions, Navajo Missions, and 
all other funds designated for any phase of Brethren Home Missions. Gifts designated for local 
projects, district missions, and other work extraneous to The Brethren Home Missions Council 
are not included. 


Accident, Md 345.94 

Aleppo, Pa 476.40 

Grafton, W. Va. ..- 169.77 

Jenners, Pa. 1,280.10 

Listie, Pa. 1,813.16 

Meyersdale, Pa. 1,616.25 

Meyersdale, Pa. 

(Summit Mills) 533.55 

Parkersburg, W. Va. 680.13 

Stoystown, Pa 75.00 

Uniontown, Pa. 970.41 

Washington, Pa. 252.67 

Westemport, Md. 290.69 

District _ 79.20 

Total 8,583.27 


Altoona, Pa. (First) 811.70 

Altoona, Pa. (Grace) 463.25 

Conemaugh, Pa. _ 2,366.62 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 1,621.44 

Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Singer Hill) 599.60 

Duncansville, Pa. 842.65 

Everett, Pa. 679.93 

HoUidaysburg, Pa. 1,125.63 

Hopewell, Pa. 71.00 

Jefferson Center, Pa. .. _. 31.00 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) 2,068.60 

Johnstown, Pa. (Geistown) 80.95 

Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 318.00 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) 5,244.47 

Kittanning, Pa. 

(N. Buffalo) 175.44 

Martinsburg, Pa. 2,035.20 

District 319.34 

Total 18,854.82 


Fort Lauderdale 2,758.53 

Fort Myers 60.62 

Margate 368.86 


Pompano Beach 104.11 

St. Petersburg 

Total 3.292.12 


Berne, Ind 5,624.90 

Clay City, Ind. 303.00 

Elkhart, Ind. 1,769.80 

Flora, Ind. 2,513.46 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 5,525.40 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Grace) 139.50 

Goshen, Ind. 150.00 

Kokomo, Ind. 131.37 

Leesburg, Ind. 717.87 

Osceola, Ind. 810.87 

Peru, Ind. 591.00 

Sellersburg, Ind 5.00 

Sidney, Ind 831.21 

South Bend, Ind 1,094.44 

Warsaw, Ind. 374.55 

Wheaton, 111. 1,155.70 








































Winona Lake, Ind. 5,795.66 

District 934.75 

Total 28,468.48 


Cedar Rapids, Iowa 

Dallas Center, Iowa 

Davenport, Iowa 

Des Moines, Iowa 

Garwin, Iowa 

Leon, Iowa 

North English, Iowa 

Waterloo, Iowa 

Winona, Minn. 






Berrien Springs 
Grand Rapids .. 


Lake Odessa 


New Troy 

Trout Lake 

District . - 













Alexandria, Va. 

Hagerstown, Md. (Calvary) 
Hagerstown, Md. (Gay St.) 
Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) . 
Martinsburg, W. Va. (Grace) 
Martinsburg, W. Va. 


Seven Fountains, Va. 

Washington, D. C. (First) . 
Washington, D. C. (Grace) 

Waynesboro, Pa. 

Winchester, Va 











Albuquerque, N. Mex. 

Arvada, Colo. 

Beaver City, Nebr. 

Cheyenne, Wyo 

Cuba, N. Mex. 

Denver, Colo. 

Portis, Kans 

Taos, N. Mex. 












AUentown, Pa. 457.60 

Harrisburg, Pa. 1,026.32 

Hatboro, Pa. 736.95 

Lancaster, Pa. 1,397.91 

Manheim, Pa. 12.00 













Total 10,203.77 10,070.59 













Total 17,233.71 17,632.22 






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Palmyra, Pa. 1,201.16 

Philadelphia, Pa. (First) .... 5,208.19 
Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) .... 4,948.70 

York, Pa -. 839.04 

District 99.00 

Total 15,926.87 


Chico, Calif. 430.00 

Grass Valley, Calif. 2.00 

Modesto, Calif. (La Loma) .. 3,495.35 

Modesto, Calif. (McHenry) . 53.45 

Sacramento, Calif 124.50 

San Jose, Calif 801.32 

Tracy, CaUf. 92.00 

District 493.82 

Total 5,492.44 


Akron (Fairlawn) 

Akron (First) 


Ashland (Keen and Budd) 

Ashland (W. 10th St.) 





Cuyahoga Falls 



Findlay _ 

Fremont (Grace) 

GaUon _ 


Mansfield (Grace) 

Mansfield (Woodville) 

















Albany, Greg. 

Bothell, Wash _ 

Grandview, Wash 

Harrah, Wash 

Kent, Wash. 

Portland, Greg 

Seattle, Wash 

Spokane, Wash 

Sunnyside, Wash. 

Toppenish, Wash. 

West Richland, Wash. 

Yakima, Wash. 








Total 6,667.27 


Boones Mill, Va. 

Buena Vista, Va. 184.67 

Covington, Va. 686.25 

Hollins, Va. 926.60 

Johnson City, Tenn. 135.41 

Limestone, Tenn. 465.89 

Radford, Va. 294.44 

Riner, Va 30.00 

Roanoke, Va. (Clearbrook) .. 509.89 

Roanoke, Va. (Garden City) 120.00 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 1.628.41 

Roanoke, Va. (Wash. Hts.) .. 513.25 

Virginia Beach, Va. 530.36 

District 364.13 



























36,285.82 34,413.17 


















Total 6,389.30 7,882.24 

* Offerings now divided, but combined here for comparison. 


Anaheim, Calif. 758.22 

Arlington, Calif. 

Artesia, Calif. 283.27 

Beaumont, Calif. 2,300.98 

Bell, Calif. 392.93 

Bellf lower, Calif. 1,801.64 

Compton, Calif. 1,180.41 

Fillmore, Calif. 522.21 

Gardena, Calif. 351.75 

Glendale, Calif. 735.00 

Glendora, Calif. 1.00 

Grand Terrace, Calif. 58.68 

Inglewood, Calif. 7,319.41 

La Habra, Calif 250.50 

La Puente, Calif. 

La Verne, Calif. 1,203.66 

Long Beach, Calif. (First) .. 22,276.29 

Long Beach, Calif. (North) .. 4,950.07 

Los Altos, Calif. .-.- 536.44 

Los Angeles, Calif. (Com.) .... 509.28 

Montclair, Calif. 580.13 

Norwalk, Calif 1,881.11 

Paramount, Calif . 943.09 

Phoenix, Ariz. 875.45 

Rialto, Calif 468.36 

San Bernardino, Calif. 3,815.69 

San Diego, Calif. 230.57 

Seal Beach, Calif. 475.33 

Simi, Calif 65.60 

South Gate, Calif. 712.90 

South Pasadena, Calif 793.00 

Temple City, CaUf 778.18 

Tucson, Ariz. 139.28 

West CoVina, Calif. 24.60 

Westminster, Calif. 413.70 

Whittier, Calif. (Com.) 863.29 

Whittier, Calif. (First) 788.00 

District 10,722.08 

Total 70,002.10 


BrookVille, Ohio 214.25 

Camden, Ohio 153.59 

Clayhole, Ky 15.00 

Clayton, Ohio 1,620.08 

Dayton, Ohio (Basore Rd.) .. 184.98 

Dayton, Ohio (First) 7,337.93 

Dayton, Ohio (Grace) 243.59 

Dayton, Ohio (Huber Hts.) . 6.00 

Dayton, Ohio (N. Riverdale) 2,498.77 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Patterson Pk.) 840.00 

Dryhill, Ky. 156.03 

Englewood, Ohio 1,084.94 

Kettering, Ohio 375.39 

Sinking Spring, Ohio 14.88 

Trotwood, Ohio 735.08 

Troy, Ohio 582.38 

Vandalia, Ohio 981.70 

West Alexandr'ia, Ohio 51.00 

District 89.53 

Total ... 17,185.12 


Grace Chapel, Hawaii 

National Brethren Youth 

Council 333.56 

National Conference 

Missions Rally 140.84 

National SMM _ 807.96 

National WMC 10,889.95 

Puerto Rico 

Miscellaneous Contributions 2,386.66 

Total 14,558.97 

Grand Totals ..$266,702.57 












































May 15, 1965 

Brethren Home Missions 




Relationship of the Church to the 
Jewish Community 

There is a primarv method open 
to all people in the gaining of 
knowledge. This method is called "ex- 
perience." We can learn through 
fersonal experience, or we can learn 
from the experience of others. This 
method is applicable to every area of 
knowledge, including the spiritual. 
Learning through personal experience 
can at times be harsh and grievous. 
Very often the end result of such 
learning effects a permanent situa- 
tion. Thousands of people addicted 
to cigarettes have found this to be 
true when lung cancer became evi- 
dent and drew to its inevitable con- 

However, one need not learn 
through the personal way of this 
method. One can learn through the 
ex-perience of others. In so doing, he 
will be able to profit from this expe- 
rience without risk to himself. Bv 
mere observation he can, if he 
chooses, arrange his situation so that 
for him all things will work together 
for good. 

In a sense, this is the reason for 
the existence of the Holy Bible. It 
is the true record of the personal ex- 
perience of many people as they have 
or have not lived for and listened to 
the God of heaven. God caused this 
record to come into existence that we 
might learn from the experience of 
these people. Bv observation and 
commitment, we can attain to that 
blessed position, "child of God." The 
alternative is to be an enemv of God 
worthy only of His wrath. 

Now throughout most of the Holv 
Bible the only time Gentiles come 
into the picture is as they contacted 
the nation of Israel. Otherwise, as far 
as the Holv Bible and God are con- 
cerned, they were not worthy of no- 
tice. When God found nothing 
would restrain them. He "confound- 
ed their speech," "scattered them 
abroad," and then chose to ignore 
them after he chose one of them, a 

man named Abram. He then pro- 
ceeded to deal with Abram and his 

For the most part, the Holv Bible 
is a record of the personal experiences 
of these descendants, a nation of 
people called "Israel," "Hebrews," 
and "Jews." From Genesis, chapter 
12, through Malachi, chapter 4, and 
from Matthew, chapter 1, through 
Acts, chapter 9, we read the record of 
God's dealing with this people, their 
response to such dealing, and the 
result based on their response. Sel- 
dom did thev respond correctly. They 
were continually in trouble. Even 
though in His mercy God time and 
again tried to reach them, woo them, 
win them, still they rebelled and 
forced God to bring His condemna- 
tion upon them. The capstone of this 
rebellion was the rejection of their 
Messiah by their priestly and national 

From Acts, chapter 10, through the 
various epistles (with the probable 
exception of Hebrews) and the Book 
of Revelation, we see God dealing 
with a group of people who, in a 
measure, responded to His wooing. 
His invitation to eternal salvation. 
Collectivelv these people are called 
"the called out," "the church." In- 
dividuallv thev are known as "Chris- 
tians." Nationally thev are known as 
the Romans, the Galatians, the 
Ephesians, and so on. And because 
these are the names of Gentile na- 
tions or cities, the mind automatically 
makes several wrong assumptions: 

1. People who respond to God's 
salvation invitation are all Gentile. 

2. Gentiles respond to God's woo- 
ing; Jews do not. 

3. Since Jews do not respond to 
God's wooing, thev must be a hard- 
ened people. 

4. The greater part of the Holy 
Bible is a record of this faithless and 
disloyal people, the Jews; and the 
reason for the reproduction of this 
record is to show how "bad" the Jews 
are and how "bad" we might become. 

Now while these are false as- 
sumptions, it has been the finding 
of the writer they are held by the 
greater majority of Gentiles either 
consciously or unconsciously. If these 
statements at first seem farfetched 
to you, consider your own attitude 
toward the Jew and his record. Re- 
member all so-called Christendom has 
been tainted with the phrase "per- 
fidious Jew," and even though the 
body which set forth this phrase re- 
cently recanted with regard to it, 
still the taint remains. It stains every 

The reason is Gentiles fail to see 
Holy Scripture as the true picture of 
each one of them as an individual. It 
is not a record of that rebellious peo- 
ple they do not want to emulate. 
In other words, Holy Scripture was 
not written to show how "bad" the 
Jews were and are. Holy Scripture 
was written to show how bad each 
one of us is. Holy Scripture is not a 
picture of how bad be can hecovte. 
It is a picture of how bad we are 
right now. The purpose of Holy 
Scripture is to show man what he 
naturallv is, that he might super- 
naturally become that which only 
God can make him to be. 

The fact that we respond to God's 
invitation does not make us of our- 
selves better than the person who 
does not respond. We may occupy 
a better position than the rebel, but 
we occup\' that position in spite of 
ourselves and because of what God 
is willing to do for us when we re- 
spond to His invitation. God says the 
Holv Bible \vas written to show how 
"these things happened unto them 
(Israel) for ensamples: and they are 
written for our admonition" (I Cor. 

The church must receive this 
truth. Individual Christians must re- 
cei\'e it in the same wa\' the\' receive 
the truth concerning the Saviour, as 
personal truth. If it is not so re- 
cei\ed, the Christian and the church 
will continue to have the same poor 


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Brethren Home Missions 

relationship with the Jewish com- 
munitv thev have alwaj'S had. Those 
who profess to believe in the Jewish 
Messiah were never meant to speak 
badly of the Jew, nor were they to 
participate in programs against the 
Jew. And yet the pages of history 
contain countless incidents in which 
the church, both lay members and 
clergy, has been so occupied. No, the 
church and Christians were never 
created to participate in such events. 
They were created to dispense the 
truth about God's plan of salvation 
to all people. Our work is to make 

disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19), 
to go into all the world and preach 
the gospel to every creature (Mark 
16:15); and we do this that repent- 
ance and remission of sins should be 
preached in Christ's name among all 
nations, beginning at Jerusalem 
(Luke 24:47). 

If the church desires a good re- 
lationship with the Jewish commu- 
nity, it can be had, but only on these 
terms. And on these terms individual 
churches and Christians can do an ef- 
fective work in evangelizing the Jew- 
ish community. T 


(Continued from page 2) 
with Christ. A great host of dedicated 
Christians must personally witness 
to the saving grace of Christ. Millions 
in America who have never been in- 
side a church must be evangelized in 
this same manner. The normal result 
will be the salvation of many souls. 
This will result in the starting of 
many churches where in turn the 
Bible will be the sole authority and 
Christ will be honored. 

A sick American church will not 
be cured .through any other method. 

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Place Your 


Where They Will 


Funds are greatly needed in the expansion program of the Brethren 
Home Missions Council. Many mission points across the land are 
waiting for financial assistance for development. 

An opportunity is extended to every member of The Brethren 
Church to have a part in this great missionary program. Would you 
like to help? 

Money loaned to the foundation is the key to our home-mission 
program. The work can move forward only as funds are made 


4 per cent on savings 

5 per cent on investments 

For further information, write today to the 

Brethren Investment Foundation, Inc. 

Box 587 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

May 15, 1965 


NOTICE: The next issue of the 
Brethren Missionary Herald, dated 
May 29, will be a special four-color 
brochure entitled "New Life." It 
will be mailed to you in a brown 
kraft envelope. Pastors may request 
additional copies at no cost for visi- 
tation purposes. 

KOKOMO, IND. Rev. Nathan 
Meyer recently concluded an eight- 
day Bible conference on the Book 
of Revelation at the Grace Brethren 
Church here. A total of 35 decisions 
were recorded during the meetings, 
ten of which were first-time confes- 
sions of Christ. Herman H. Hein, Jr , 

Rev. Charles Lawson resigned as pas- 
tor of the Grace Brethren Church on 
Sundav, April 4. 

ORLANDO, FLA. The new 
Brethren church in Orlando is cur- 
rently holding three services a week, 
with an average attendance of 13. 
Anyone wishing to contact the church 
is asked to write to the interim pastor, 
John Lapp, 6022 Chenango Lane, 
Orlando, Fla.; his telephone num- 
ber is 277-2096. 

SPECIAL. The tornadoes of April 
1 1 affected several of our Indiana 
Brethren churches but did no serious 
damage to any of them. When the 
evening service at Kokomo received 
the tornado alert, the congregation re- 
tired to the auditorium in the church 
basement, where Pastor Herman 
Hein continued the service. No 
damage was done to the church ex- 
cept for a bent spire, which can be 
repaired at no expense, and no mem- 
ber of the church suffered anv loss. 

At Elkhart a tornado missed the 
church by just 1,000 feet. The only 
damage was the loss of the roof of 
a tool shed on the church propert)', 

some shingles removed from the 
church roof, and a broken car wind- 
shield. Pastor Gordon Bracker reports 
that no member of the church was 

There was more damage at Berne. 
Pastor Kenneth Russell informs us 
that although the church was not 
destrox'cd, four of the church families 
lost their homes and all their pos- 
sessions, and manv others had prop- 
ertv damage. A missionarv conference 
scheduled for the following week 
had to be canceled. 

We regret to report that one mem- 
ber of the Bethel Brethren Church 
of Osceola, Ind., lost her life during 
the tornado. She was found beneath 
the rubble in the basement of her 
home. Other personal property dam- 
age was reported, but there was no 
damage to the church. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. A service of 
ordination was held April 23 at Geis- 
town Grace Brethren Church for 
Randall Poyner, pastor of the church. 
A violin solo was played by Rev. 
James Sweeton, pastor of First Breth- 
ren Church, Johnstown, Pa., and a 
male quartet sang. Rev. Lester Pifer, 
assistant secretary of the Brethren 
Home Missions Council, delivered 

the ordination message. Other Breth- 
ren ministers who shared in the serv- 
ice were Rev. Alva Steffler, Johns- 
town, Pa.; Rev. John Terrell, Mar- 
tinsburg. Pa.; Rev. William Schaffer, 
Kittanning, Pa.; Rev. Homer Lingen- 
felter, Everett, Pa.; Rev. Victor S. 
Rogers, Leamersville, Pa.; Rev. Don 
Rough, Johnstown, Pa.; and Rev. 
Clair Gartland, Conemaugh, Pa. 
Rev. Malcolm Borden, pastor of the 
Johnstown Bible Church, read the 
Scripture. Rev. Povner graduated 
from Grace Seminary, and has been 
pastor of the Geistown Brethren 
church since 1962. 

PORTIS, KANS. For the past 
five months Rev. Clarence Lackev, 
pastor of First Brethren Church, has 
been under doctor's care; he has 
undergone surgery twice, the second 
time for malignancy. The surgeon in- 
formed him that onlv 5 per cent of 
patients with this type of cancer dis- 
cover the problem in time. Rev. 
Lackey has now returned home and 
has resumed some of his pastoral 
duties. Praver is asked for his con- 
tinued recovery. 

Sunday-school attendance at Bowl- 
ing Green Grace Brethren Church 
was 85 for Palm Sundav and 73 
for Easter, with about a hundred at 
the morning worship service on East- 
er Sunday. On Mav 2, laymen from 
the Northern Ohio District took full 
charge of the morning service. Spe- 
cial gifts have come in to cover pav- 
ment for new chairs for the children's 
department of the Sunday school and 
for 112 new hymnals. Marion 
R. Thomas, pastor. 

John Mayes and family began their 
ministry at First Brethren Church on 
Palm Sunday. Before their arrival 
the parsonage was painted and re- 
remodeled. At a pot-luck dinner ar- 
ranged as a welcome time, a large 
supply of groceries was presented to 
the Mayes family. 

Gene E. Witzkv has resigned as 
pastor of Ireland Road Grace Breth- 
ren Church, effective July 18. He 
will be taking up the pastorate at 
Pompano Beach, Fla. 

HOLLINS, VA. The annual con- 
ference of the Southeast District 
Brethren churches was held at Pat- 
terson Memorial Brethren Church 
May 3 to 5. Rev. Wendell E. Kent, 
of Roanoke, Va., delivered the mod- 
erator's address, using the theme of 
the conference, "More than Con- 
querors." Conference speakers were 
Dr. Harold Etling, national Sunday- 
school director, and Dan Grabill, na- 
tional vouth director. "The Gospel 
Blimp," a humorous film with a les- 
son in Christian witnessing, was 
shown in the final service. William 
Byers was host pastor. 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

28 in our growing Brethren church 
here six first-time decisions were 
made for Christ, including a dentist 
and his wife who had been professed 
atheists and for whom Pastor and 
Mrs. David Hocking had been pray- 
ing for some time. That same after- 
noon six people were baptized, bring- 
ing the total baptized to 26. 

Brethren Church broke all previous 
records on Easter Sunday with an at- 
tendance of 766 in Sundav school and 
579 in morning worship. April 7 to 
1 1 were the dates of their spring 
Bible conference; guest speaker this 
year was Dr. Jack Murray, president 
of Bible Evangelism, Inc., who pre- 
sented a series of prophetic messages 
based on the Minor Prophets. Mrs. 
Murray, a composer and accomplish- 
ed pianist, helped with the special 
music on the two final days. Robert 
B. Collitt, pastor. 

BERNE, IND. Rev. Solon Hoyt, 
missionary to Argentina, was speaker 
at Bethel Brethren Church on April 
II; at the close of the service six 
teen-age girls presented themselves 
for full-time Christian service. Ken- 
neth E. Russell is pastor. 

ALBANY, OREG. Rev. Nelson E. 
Hall has resigned as pastor of Grace 
Brethren Church, effective July 15. 
He and his family have completed 
six years here, during which time the 
Sunda\' school has nearly doubled. 

Gardens Grace Brethren Church took 
part in the first annual Good Friday 
service sponsored by fundamental 
churches of the Harrisburg area, and 
one of the messages of the service was 
delivered by the pastor, Rev. Earle 
Peer. 'On Easter Sunday there were 
206 present for Sunday school, out 
of 207 on the roll. The follovi'ing 
week a brass ensemble made up of 
young men from the Vicksburg 
Brethren Church, Hollidaysburg, Pa., 
took part in the morning service. The 
church recently extended a unani- 
mous call to Pastor Earle Peer to 
continue with them for another year 
and gave him a substantial increase 
in salary. 

(yn Unemouam 

Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

HL/MBERD, R. I., 71, outstand- 
ing minister, Bible chart speaker and 
WTiter, died Wednesday morning, 
May 5, of a heart attack. A graduate 
of Moody Bible Institute and of 
Ashland College, Mr. Humberd was 
ordained to the Christian ministry in 
1921. His pastorates include Roann, 

Sidney, and Roanoke, Ind.; Logan 
and Nashville, Ohio; Lake Odessa, 
Mich.; and Martinsburg, Vicksburg, 
and McKee, Pa. For ten years he 
taught a course in personal evange- 
lism at Altoona (Pa.) School of the 

His ministry widened through the 
years. He became well known as a 
conference speaker and Bible chart 

March 7, was a very special day at 
Los Altos Brethren Church. In the 
morning the White sisters, well- 
known trio and recording artists, were 
special guests, and in the evening the 
60-voice choir from the Brethren 
High School presented selections 
under the direction of Miss Hutton. 

In the afternoon the formal 

ordination to the ministry of the pas- 
tor, Harold Penrose, was conducted. 
Dr. George Peek, pastor of the North 
Long Beach Brethren Church, de- 
livered the message, and Rev. Wayne 
Beaver, Brethren missionary on fur- 
lough, gave the charge and asked the 
questions. Rev. Robert Thompson, 
Rev. John Gillis, and Rev. Curtis 
Mitchell assisted in the service. 

Every Sunday evening during 
March a missionary film presentation 
helped emphasize the "March for 
Missions" theme. Then from March 

lecturer, both in Brethren circles and 
in other denominations. He was in 
great demand as a speaker for col- 
leges, Bible institutes, and seminaries. 
Besides writing for Moody Monthly 
for many years, he was author and 
publisher of 44 different books, some 
of which have been translated into 
Spanish, Portuguese, Bulgarian, and 
two languages of India. 

The funeral ser\'ice v\'as held on 
May 7 at the Grace Brethren Church, 
Flora, Ind. Ministers officiating at 
the service were Dr. Russell Barnard, 
General Secretary of Brethren For- 
eign Missions, who brought the mes- 
sage; and the pastor, Rev. Lee Dice. 

Survivors, in addition to his wife 
include four sons and three daugh- 
ters. One son, Jesse D. Humberd, is 
Professor of Science and Mathematics 
at Grace College in Winona Lake, 

ROYER, Mrs. John, died Satur- 
day morning, April 10, the day after 
her 79th birthday. She and her hus- 
band had served faithfully for the 
past 12 years as custodians of Grace 
Brethren Church, Middlebranch, 
Ohio. Funeral ser\'ices were conduct- 
ed at the church by her pastor on 
Tuesday, April 13. 

Weslev Haller, pastor. 

28 to 31 the church combined with 
the Brethren churches of Seal Beach 
and Westminster, Calif., for a joint 
missionary conference, during which 
were featured missionary skits, films, 
a fair, and a youth rally with Tadao 
Hara, converted Japanese kamikaze 
pilot, as guest speaker. 

Grace Brethren Church voted in a 
recent business meeting to extend a 
call to Pastor Sherwood Durkee and 
his family for another year. The 
church has decided to help in the 
support of the Edward Mensingers; 
their goal is $500. An Easter sunrise 
service was held at the church with 
Rev. Clair Brickel of Brookville, 
Ohio, as speaker; members of the 
Grace College choir presented special 

COVINGTON, VA. Dan Grabill, 
national youth director, held a 
"Youth Evangelistic Services Cru- 

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sade" at Grace Brethren Church May 
7 to 9. Carl Miller, pastor. 

vin Goodman, Rev. Donald Miller, 
Rev. Martin Garber, and Dr. Russell 
D. Barnard were speakers at the mis- 
sionary conference of First Brethren 
Church in April. Elias D. White, pas- 

ROANOKE, VA. Kenneth 
Teague, pastor of Ghent Brethren 
Church, has developed a heart con- 
dition which has necessitated a com- 
plete rest period of one month. At 
his return to active duty he will have 
to subdue his activities for several 
months. Prayer is requested for him. 

Neelv, pastor of Grace Brethren 
Church, Troy, Ohio, held an evan- 
gelistic campaign at Danville Breth- 
ren Church March 28 to April 4; one 
morning Rev. Neelv and his wife 
held a rally for the children. Edward 
N. Wingard, pastor. 

ELKHART, IND. On April 25 a 
dedication service was held at Grace 
Brethren Church. Dedication speaker 
was Dr. John Whitcomb, Jr., profes- 
sor at Grace Seminary, who was just 
concluding a prophetic conference 
here. A vocal solo was presented bv 
Mrs. James Kennedv. Brethren min- 
isters who participated in the service 
were Rev. James Kennedv, Goshen, 
Ind.; Rev. Scott Weaver, Osceola, 
Ind.; Rev. Gene Witzky, South Bend, 
Ind.; Rev. Jerrv Young, Kittanning, 
Pa.; Rev. Ralph Hall, Rev. Richard 
Grant, and Rev. Lester Pifer, of Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind. Gordon W. Bracker 
was host pastor. 

ASHLAND, OHIO. In their re- 
cent revival meetings with Dr. Wil- 
liam Tavlor there were 15 recorded 
decisions for salvation; this brings to 
39 the total of first-time decisions 
since Jan. I. The attendance for Sun- 
day school and church has more than 
doubled in the last seven months, 
and in a business meeting April 21 
the congregation voted unanimouslv 
to begin construction to provide ade- 
quate facilities for the growing group. 
Mason Cooper is pastor. 

Grace Brethren Church here was the 

scene of Good Friday services held by 
the National Association of Evangeli- 
cals of the central Inland Empire of 
central Southern California. Each 
speaker was an evangelical. Emlyn 
H. Jones, pastor. 

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purchase insurance coverage under 
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insurance policy. Maximum amounts 
for injurs' are $500, and for sickness, 
$150. The cost is ten cents per person 
per dav. If interested, be sure to write 
for application forms well ahead of 
time to Mutual Security Life Insur- 
ance Co. (formerly Brotherhood Mu- 
tual), Fort Wavne, Ind. 

Evangelist Ron Thompson's special 
meetings at First Brethren Church in 
March, 16 public decisions for Christ 
were recorded. In the three weeks 
following the campaign there were 
nine more decisions, two of them first- 
time confessions of Christ. Several 
new attendance records were set dur- 
ing the first quarter of 1965, includ- 
ing a high of 129 in morning wor- 
ship, and the financial report for 
the quarter showed an increase of 
more than $800 above any previous 
quarter. George R. Christie is pastor. 

LEESBURG, IND. The mother- 
daughter banquet of Leesburg Breth- 
ren Church was held April 23, with 
laymen preparing and serving the 
meal. Speaker of the evening was 
Mrs. Gene Witzky, of the Ireland 
Road Brethren Church, South Bend, 
Ind. Kenneth Koontz, pastor. 

SIMI, CALIF. The Simi Com- 
munity Brethren Church recorded a 
new attendance high in the morn- 
ing services on Palm Sunday, April 
11. Sunday-school attendance was 
1 14, with 100 in the morning worship 

sers'ice These records culminated a 
six-week Sunday-school contest. The 
church is hoping to build up attend- 
ance as construction begins on a 
new church building. Elmer Fricke, 

WILLIS, VA. The new building 
of the Willis Grace Brethren Church 
was formally dedicated in April. 

and Mrs. G. Arthur Carey, 11857 
Preston, Colton, Calif. 92324. Rev. 
and Mrs. Martin Garber, 209 Row- 
land Ave., Modesto, Calif. Rev. and 
Mrs. Glen Welborn, 606 N. Main 
St., Leon, Iowa. Please change An- 

BELL, CALIF. "Three Days in 
the Life of Pontius Pilate" was the 
title of an original three-act musical 
drama presented April 18 at Bell 
Brethren Church. Peter Sundin, 
teacher of the adult Sunday-school 
class, was the author. For the per- 
formance 198 people were packed 
into the 140-capacitv auditorium, in- 
cluding a number of visitors from the 
community. Ernie Bearinger, pastor. 

church building for Reading Breth- 
ren Church has been begun; ground- 
breaking ser\'ices were held at the 
new location on April 25. Leonard S. 
Bennett, pastor. 

AKRON, OHIO. Nine decisions 
for salvation were made at Fairlawn 
Brethren Church on March 21; on 
April 11, 14 people were baptized 
and were recei%'ed into the member- 
ship the following Sunday. District 
conference was held here April 22 
to 24, with Dr. Andrew Telford as 
guest speaker. Vernon J. Harris, pas- 

KENT, WASH. Recent speakers 
at Grace Brethren Church were Rev. 
James Luckman, missionary to Ethio- 
pia, and Rev. Mervin L. Fishback, 
executive administrator of Arizona 
Bible College. The Northwest Dis- 
trict, youth rally was held here May 7 
and 8; as part of their recreation, the 
young people visited the Pacific 
Science Center, considered by many 
as the most outstanding exhibit of 
the Seattle World Fair. Phillip J. 
Simmons, pastor. 


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AUGUST 15th thru the 22nd 


Speaker — 


Music Concert 
with Mr. and Mrs. 

On the campus of B I L A College 
in Los Angeles, California 

Notional Quizzing 
Talent Contest 
Sight-seeing Tour 
Sports Program 
Teen Sessions 
Teen Spectaculars 

TOTAL COST— $35.00 

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plte\yiffi^ QUESTION 


Over 4,000 
questions on 
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The human heart that does not 
have the abiding joy of the Holy 
Spirit residing within finds it neces- 
sary constantly to find some kind 
of stimulation from without to satis- 
fy a need that is unquenchable with- 
in. This is why millions of dollars 
are spent in the United States every 
year on entertainment alone. Man- 
kind runs madly and restlessly on- 
ward, seeking the illusive "some- 
thing" that will bring a moment's 
forgetfulness of the emptiness of 
everyday life. 

Amazingly, most people never seem 

to learn. Again and again they in- 
dulge in pleasure. But then tomorrow 
dawns, and with it they discover the 
same old unsatisfied heart, t^appiness 
is a "will o' the wisp" that is always 
"just beyond the grasp." 

Americans have been conditioned 
to believe that they have somehow 
been cheated if every waking moment 
is not filled with spine-tingling ex- 
citement. We are exhorted to "come 
alive"; even our cereal boxes promise 
fun, fun, fun if we'll just send in for 
a "Woody Woodpecker" knocker. Ad- 
vertisers know the human heart bet- 

ter than many preachers! Notice 
sometime how many appeals in our 
magazines and over the TV stress 
"fun," "exciternent," and "thrills." 
They capitalize on this human de- 

Solomon knew all about this pre- 
dicament. This is nothing new. He 
gave life a fling. In Ecclesiastes 2 he 
lists the things he tried: pleasure, 
laughter, wine, wisdom, follv, great 
\\'orks, houses, vineyards, gardens, 
orchards, pools of water, servants, 
maidens, great possessions, cattle, sil- 
ver, gold, singers, musical instru- 


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ments. In fact, he says, "And what- 
soever mine eyes desired I kept not 
from them, I withheld not my heart 
from any joy." But after he had tried 
them all, he had to admit that "all 
was vanity and a striving after wind." 
God knows the human heart, too. 
He should; He made it. And He 
made it in such a way that true 
satisfaction and real, abiding joy can 
be found only when we are rightly 
related to Him. God sent His Son 
that we might find this real joy. 
Jesus said, "These things have I 
spoken unto you, that my joy might 
remain in you, and that your joy 

might be full." He also said, "I am 
come that they might have life, and 
that they might have it more abun- 

How much money and endless ef- 
fort could be saved if only people 
would turn to the real source of abid- 
ing pleasure! But "men loved dark- 
ness rather than light, because their 
deeds were evil." The god of this 
world has blinded their eyes, lest the 
light of the glorious gospel should 
shine in their hearts. 

Sadly, even many Christians seem 
to think thev must have continuous 
outside stimulation to be genuinely 

happy. Thus there is the constant 
round of parties, dinners, bowling, 
and so on. Instead of tapping the 
deep rivers that Christ promised 
should flow out of their hearts, they 
turn instead to artificiality. There- 
fore, their jov is also artificial. 

May the Lord impress upon us who 
know Him the necessity of learning 
to abide in Him, who alone can give 
this real joy. And in turn, let us 
spread this good news along to a 
frantic world that is feverishly run- 
ning on an endless treadmill of flesh- 
ly froth seeking this illusive joy. T 


An Important Question for Every Christian To Answer 

The last testimony you will ever 
give M'ill take place after you have 
left this life. You will not be able to 
change it, and it will be recorded 
publicly for everyone to see. 

What is this last testimony? It is 
the disfosition of your estate. How 
you have taken care of this important 
matter will be an evidence of your 
faithfulness as a Christian. 

If you have made no will, vour 
Christian testimony will be weak- 
ened. The court will appoint an ad- 
ministrator, and the distribution of 
your estate will be out of the hands 
of your loved ones. In many cases, 
much of the estate will go to the 
state, with your loved ones receiving 
the shrunk remainder. Your church 
and other worthy Christian organ- 
izations you have supported during 
vour lifetime will be forgotten com- 

However, if you have made a will, 
the distribution of your God-given 
possessions will reveal the kind of 
Christian you were. By remembering 
the Lord's work in vour will, you will 
make your testament into a testimonyl 
It will be your final witness for the 
Saviour who has given so much to 
you and meant so much in your life. 
Furthermore, you will have the as- 
surance that your desires will be 
carried out and vour loved ones will 
be remembered. 

There is no reason why you should 
mar vour life's testimony for Christ 
by being careless about your Will. 
It is a simple matter to have a Will 
prepared, and the procedure is not 
at all expensive. But you must take 
care of this responsibility today, for 
it is dangerous to postpone it. As the 
Word of God says: "For what is your 
life? It is even a vapour, that ap- 
peareth for a little time, and then 
vanisheth away. . . . Therefore to 
him that knoweth to do good, and 

doeth it not, to him it is sin" (James 
4:14, 17). 

Consult your Christian lawyer to- 
day and prepare your last testament— 
and testimony. Please feel free to 
consult vour Brethren Financial Plan- 
ning Service. We will be happy to 
assist you in this important matter. 

Testament or testimony? The an- 
swer is up to you. 

Write to Rev. Leo Polman, 
Brethren Financial Planning Service, 
202 Ammunition Road, Fallbrook, 


"I hereby give, bequeath and devise the sum of $_ 
(or, % of my estate) outright to the 

, a corporation not for profit under the laws of the State of 

Indiana, with its principal office at Winona Lake, Indiana, for the 

benefit of 

(state whether Foreign Missions, Home Missions, or Grace College and 


"I give and devise to the , a cor- 
poration not for profit under the laws of the State of Indiana, with 

its principal office at Winona Lake, Indiana, for the benefit of 

, (state 

whether Foreign Missions, Home Missions, Grace College and Semi- 
nary) the following property, to wit: 

(here name and specify property): 
Such property to be disposed of in any manner for (here name object) 
. or utilized for some other use de- 
termined by said Board of Corporation. 

May IS, 7965 



The extensive building program proposed for Grace over the next 
ten-year period includes a new library, a chapel, a men's dorm, fine 
arts and science buildings, and a student union building. 

The entire NFBC is directly involved in this challenging program, 
for all of us want to see "the dirt fly," as Grace expands. 


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By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, President 

Grace Theological Seminary and College 

The Practical Value of the Resurrection 

The annual remembrance of the resurrection of Christ 
is passed. So what? It is very possible that most people 
treat this event of 1900 years ago with that attitude. Is it 
nothing more than a bit of respect paid to a religious tra- 
dition of the past? Or is this event one which has practical 
value in the lives of men today, especially men who have 
chosen to crown Jesus Christ the Lord of their lives? 

It can be asserted on the basis of the teaching of the 
Word of God that this event established the absolute holi- 
ness of God (Rom. 1:4). This guarantees that God will 
judge the world in righteousness bv the Lord Jesus Christ, 
"whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that 
he hath raised him from the dead" (Acts 17:31). This 
should be an encouragement to all men to seek refuge in 
the Lord Jesus Christ. 

But in addition to this, for the Christian, there are 
many other things in this present life for which the resur- 
rection provides incentive. Steadfastness of faith, un- 
movability from hope, enlarging constructive enterprise, 
and persistence through difficulty should characterize the 
saint because nothing he does is "in vain in the Lord" (I 
Cor. 15:58). There is also a resurrection for him, when 
the fruit of all his labor will be brought to harvest. 

"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things 
which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand 

of God. Set your affection on things above, not on 
things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid 
with Christ in God. When Christ, v\'ho is our life, shall 
appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glorv" 
(Col. 3:1-4). 

There Is Gradual Disappearance of Any Standard 

In contrast with the standard of holiness set forth in 
the Bible and demonstrated by the resurrection of Christ, 
there is the gradual disappearance of all standards. This 
is clear fulfillment of the prophetic Scriptures in the state- 
ment that "the time wall come when they will not endure 
sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap 
to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they 
shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be 
turned unto fables" (II Tim. 4:3-4). The sense of this 
statement is clear. Having rejected the absolute standard 
of holiness as set forth in the Scriptures, thev turn to 
standards that have no objective basis in fact but agree 
only with the relative desires of each individual person. 
Any thinking person must agree that this is lawlessness; 
it produces confusion; and it can produce nothing but 

This is the day in which we are now living. At first 
this trend was scarcely in evidence. But within recent 
days the trend is moving with increasing speed. It has also 
gone beyond the stage of discussion into the area of ap- 
plication. As a result, men who are charged with the 
moral welfare of the nation are becoming increasingly 
alarmed. There is scarcely any area of society where this 
scourge has not struck. It is to be found on college cam- 
puses, within the religious realm, in the area of social 
welfare, in the legislative and judicial branches of gov- 

Academic Freedom hias Become a Smoke Screen 

Using "academic freedom" as a smoke screen behind 
which to operate, using it as a method for rationalizing 
the satisfaction of undisciplined desires, using it as a 
convenient and clever way of exalting what would other- 
wise be branded as immorality, the barriers have all been 
cleared away for the greatest period of degeneracy in the 
history of the human race. Obscene literature has at last 
stripped itself of all censorship. Pornographic publications 
are now justified on the basis that men and women 
have a right to choose as they please. Lewd and grossly 
immoral moving pictures have reached the point where 
all censorship is about to be banned. College campuses 
are the rallying points not only for debate as to the code 
of ethics for sexual behavior, but also as the places for 
sexual revolution downward. Even great conclaves of min- 
isters and ministerial students are debating the advisabil- 
ity of overthrowing the outmoded sexual standards of 
the Bible. 

Where institutions of higher learning are still cling- 
ing tenaciously to the absolute standards of the Word of 
God, there is need that God's people join in every way 
possible to maintain these schools, so that they do not 
perish from the earth. ▼ 

May 15, 1965 




Daniel J. Grabiil, B.D. 

A.B, Grace College, 1959 

Grace Brethren Church 
Mansfield, Ohio 

Brethren Youth Council and Development 
Staff. Grace College 

Larry W. Poland, B.D. 

A.B., Wheaton College, 1961 

Winona Lake Brethren Church 
Winona Lake. Indiana 
Graduate work at Purdue University 
Work for Grace College 

Gerald H. Root, B.D. 

A.B., Malone College, 1961 

First Brethren Church 
Dayton, Ohio 

William L Shelby, Th. Diploma 

A.B., Grace College, 1962 

New Troy Brethren Church 
New Troy, Michigan 

Clarence T. Beale, Jr., B.D. 

B.S., Philadelphia College of Bible, 1962 
Warsaw, Indiana 

David M. Bobbey, B.D. 

B.S., Philadelphia College of Bible. 1962 
Warsaw, Indiana 

Dayton B. Burt, B.D. 

B.S., Philadelphia College of Bible, 1959 
Niles, Michigan 

William L. Coleman, B.D. 

A.B., Washington Bible CoUege. 1962 
Washington, D. C. 

Robert L. Domokos, B.D. 

A.B., Cedarville College, 1962 
Huntsburg, Ohio 

Dennis Holliday, B.D. 

A.B., Biola College, 1965 
Long Beach, California 

Ralph F. Miller, B.D. 

B.S.. Philadelphia College of Bible, 1962 
Mountain Top, Pennsylvania 

Robert Lee Myers, B.D. 

B.S., Missouri School of Mines, 1955 
Warsaw, Indiana 

Bruce Nolen, B.D. 

A.B., Calvary Bible College, 1962 
Warsaw, Indiana 

Charles Johnson, Th.M. 

A.B.. Wheaton College, 1953 
B.D., Grace Seminary, 1962 
Crown Point, Indiana 

Charles Zimmerman, Th.M. 

A.B., Wheaton College, 1959 
B.D., Grace Seminary, 1960 
Archbold. Ohio 

Kenneth Brown, Th.D. 

B.S., Mansfield State College (Pa.). 1951 
Th.B., Baptist Bible Seminary, 1956 
Th.M., Westminster Theological Seminary, 
I 1960 

Binghamton, New York 

George Lawlor, Th.D. 

A.B., Burton CoUege, 1953 
I B.D., Grace Seminary. 1953 
I Th.M., ibid, 1956 

Cedarville, Ohio 


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Patricia Adcock, B.S. 

Grace Brethren- Church 
York, Pennsylvania 

Elaine Barlow, B.S. 

First Brethren Church 
Sunnyside, Washington 

Jackie Akers, B.A. 

Clayton Brethren Church 

Clayton, Ohio 


Gary Austin, B.A. 

First Brethren Church 
Long Beach, California 
Grace Seminary — Mission field or 

David Barnhart, B.A. 

Calvary Brethren Church 
Kettering, Ohio 
Graduate study 

Dee Anna Caldwell, B.S. 

Grace Brethren Church 
Portis, Kansas 

Erik Auxt, B.A. 

Calvary Brethren Church 

Hagerstown, Maryland 

Graduate study or Grace Seminary 

Dwight Baker, B.A. 

Winona l>ake Brethren Church 
Winona Lake, Indiana 
Grace Seminary — Mission field — 
Central African Republic 

Raymond Davis, B.A. 

Warsaw Community Grace brethren 

Warsaw, Indiana 
Grace Seminary — Mission field — ■ 

South America 

Margaret Devon, B.S. 

Warsaw Community Grace Brethren 

Warsaw, Indiana 

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E. Philip Dick, B.A. 

First Brethren Church 
Winchester, Virginia 

Sherry Frei, B.S. 

Lancaster Grace Brethren Church 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 
Missionary teacher 

David Dombek, B.A. 

Winona Lake Brethren Church 
Winona Lake, Indiana 
Further education 

John Elder, B.S. 

Suburban Brethren Church 
Hatboro, Pennsylvania 

Brenda Garrett, B.S 

Grace Brethren Church 

Mansfield, Ohio 

Teach and graduate study 

Grayce Ellinwood, B.S. 

First Brethren Church 
Akron, Ohio 

Thomas Goossens, B.A. 

Danville Brethren Church 

Danville. Ohio 

Grace Seminary — Pastorate 

Donna Grady, B.S. 

Grace Brethren Church 
Waterloo, Iowa 

Karen Fletcher, B.S. 

Winona Lake Brethren Church 

Winona Lake. Indiana 


Linda Moore Hoke, B.A. 

First Brethren Church 
Sunnyside, Washington 

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Donalene Houtby, B.S. 

Los Angeles Community Brethren 

Los Angeles. California 

Susan Lanning, B.S. 

Grace Brethren Church 
Mansfield, Ohio 

Anita Howzdy, B.S. 

Grace Brethren Church 
Phoenix. Arizona 

Thomas Maurer, B.S. 

Woodville Grace Brethren Church 

Mansfield. Ohio 



Virginia Kauffman, B.S. 

Calvary Brethren Church 

Alto. Michigan 


James L. Mayer, B.A. 

Winona Lake Brethren Church 
Winona Lake, Indiana 

Janice Kidder, B.S. 

Grace Brethren Church 
Elkhart. Indiana 

Roy Meyer, B.S. 

Grace Brethren Church 
Palmyra. Pennsylvania 

Sharon Lance, B.S. 

First Brethren Church 
Rittman. Ohio 


Thomas Richard Miller, B.A. 

Vlcksburg Brethren Church 
Hollidaysburg. Pennsylvania 

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A. David Mitchell, B.A. 

Ghent Brethren Church 
Roanoke. Virginia 

Sharon Mohler, B.S. 

Leesburg Brethren Church 
Leesburg, Indiana 

Barbara Moore, B.S. in Nursing 

Pilce Brethren Church 
Conemaugh, Pennsylvania 

David Neely, B.A. 

Troy Brethren Church 

Troy, Ohio 


I V ;ir 

Nancy Orndorf, B.S. 

First Brethren Church 

Akron. Ohio 


Miriam Ashman Pacheco, B.S. 

Winona Lake Brethren Church 
Winona Lake. Indiana 

Roger Peugh, B.A. 

Harrah Brethren Church 
Harrah, Washington 
Grace Seminary — Pastorate or mission 

Barbara Reed, B.S. 

Ankenytown Brethren Church 

Ankenytown, Ohio 


David Rish, B.A. 

First Brethren Church 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania 
Grace Seminary 

Marlin Rose, Jr., B.A. 

First Brethren Church 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania 

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Joan Shorb, B.S. 

Ireland Road Grace Brethren Church 

South Bend, Indiana 


Margaret Anderson, B.A. 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

Carol Ruth Brown, B.S. 

Beattyville. Kentucky 

Mary Croner, B.S. 

Lexington, Ohio 

Kenneth Dodson, B.A. 

Warsaw, Indiana 

John Spruance, B.A. 

First Brethren Church 
Covington, Ohio 

Wilma Tschetter, B.S. 

Winona Lake Bretiiren Church 
Winona Lake, Indiana 
Teach — Mission field 

Ronald Vought, B.A. 

Grace Brethren Church 
Waterloo, Iowa 
Grace Seminary 

May 15, 1965 

Lawrence Ware, B.A. 

First Brethren Church 
Akron, Ohio 

Carol Froehlich, B.S. 

Roslyn, Pennsylvania 

Jan Gilbert, B.A. 

Gary, Indiana 

Deloris Goshert, B.A. 

Warsaw, Indiana 

Michael Kingery, B.S. 

Warsaw. Indiana 

Kathleen Kline, B.S. 

North Webster, Indiana 

Evelyn Lehman, B.S. 

Baraboo, Wisconsin 

Joseph Mogle, B.A. 

Mishawaka, Indiana 

Kay Olsen, B.S. 

Goodells, Michigan 

Ardis Parlin, B.A. 

Athens, Michigan 

Alton Perron, B.A. 

Plover, Wisconsin 

Roger Reisocher, B.A. 

Warsaw, Indiana 

Lyndol Rogers, B.S. 

Warsaw, Indiana 

Linda Wallace Rosenthal, B.A. 

Valparaiso. Indiana 

Mary Ann Snyder, B.S. 

Struthers, Ohio 

Lillian Thiessen, B.M.E. 

Whitewater, Kansas 

Lucretia Whitehead, B.S. 

Argos. Indiana 

Judith Wingate, B.S. 

LaPorte. Indiana 

Robert Wright, B.A. 

Kokomo, Indiana 


Grace College 
To Erect Men's 

Construction of a $225,000 
unit of the men's dormitory has 
been approved by the board of 
trustees of Grace College, Wi- 
nona Lake, and construction is 
scheduled to begin about Sep- 
tember, 1965, with completion 
date set for August, 1966, ac- 
cording to Dean Arnold R. 
Kriegbaum, chairman of the 

The new building will be of 
concrete construction faced with 
brick. The dorm will house 
78 men, with 26 on each floor. 
In addition to the three floors 
there will be in the basement 
area a large lounge, laundry, 
sick room, guest room, storage 
and boiler room. The lounge 
v\ill have a fireplace and recrea- 
tion area. 

The new building will be the 
first of three or four such units 
and will be located at the south 
end of the present athletic field 
in the wooded section of the 

— Warsaw Times-Union 

How Will It Be Financed? 

THE RESPONSE of the members of the National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches for investment funds to erect the women's dormitory was tremen- 
dous, and over $800,000 was raised. Of this amount approximately $150,000 
was in gifts, and the balance through investments. 

IN FACT, the investment funds have not stopped coming, and many ' 
have indicated their willingness to invest additional funds for the dormitory 
expansion program on the Grace College campus. 

THE PROGRAM IS ON! We want to raise $225,000 through investment 
funds to build the new men's dormitory. A dormitory is a self-liquidating 
building, unlike a library or a science building. The income from the rented 
rooms pays off the indebtedness. Christian people can invest their money 
in this Christian program and make their money work for themselves as well 
as for the college. 




Under $500 .... 4 per cent interest. Over $500 .... 5 per cent interest. 

I desire to invest with The Brethren Investment ^ 

Foundation; money to be used in the construction of a men's dormitory \ 
at Grace College. 




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which testify of me." John 5:39 

". . . they received the word with all readiness of mind and searched the scriptures 
daily." Acts 17:11 

5iBle Readinq plan 

Begin by reading the Gospel of John. Read it prayerfully and carefully remem- 
bering the promise of James 1:5, 6, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of 
God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given 
him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering." 

Then read the other Gospels, followed by Acts and other New Testament books. 
It is best to read a book through at one sitting. 

After reading the New Testament start on the Old Testament. It is a wonderful 
experience to read through the Bible. May it be "a lamp unto your feet and 
a light unto your path." (Ps. 119:105) 

CRiptuRes on selected suBjects 

Salvation. Romans 10:9, 10, 13; Ephesians 2:1-10. 
Evidences of Salvation. All of I John; John 14:15; Matt. 10:32. 
Baptism. Matt. 3:13-17; Col. 2:12; Acts 8:36-40; Rom. 6:3, 4. 
The Church. Matt. 16:18; Acts 2:47; Eph. 5:25; Heb. 10:25. 
The Lord's Supper. John 6:53-63; I Cor. 11:17-34. 
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Foreign Missions 
and WMC Issue 

June 12, 1965 

reei2s in Missionary Endeavors 
outh on the March 

• Puerto Rico at a Glance 
Missionary Church in the Makina 

Brethren Foreign Missions 




By Rev. Clyde K. Landrum 


Wednesday night service during 
the visit of the champion quiz team 
to the Puerto Rico mission in early 
April. The service was held in the 
carport of the Jose Aviles family in 
the "Country Club" area, where the 
James Dicksons conduct a Spanish- 
speaking testimony- Quiz team mem- 
bers are scattered among the con- 


Richard E. Grant. Executive Editor 
SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona 
Lake. Ind. Issued biweekly by The Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Co., Inc., Box 544, 
Winona Lake. Ind. 46590. Subscription price: 
S3.50 a year, foreign. $4.50. Special rates 
to churches. 

It is with real joy that we dedicate this, the June Foreign Missions portion 
of the Brethren Missionary Herald, to our teen-agers! This is f^ur way of 
saying that we believe in you and we stand ready to work with you in any 
way we possibly can. And, as you read this issue you will find that we are 
asking you to talk to us for a change. In the past, most of the talking about 
how to help the youth has been done by the adults. We need to hear what 
the young people have to say. In one article in this issue you will get some 
of the opinions of teen-agers on such subjects as "What do you think about 
missions?" "Have you changed your opinion on this subject?" "If so, why?" 
It is refreshing to hear directlv in interview form what you are thinking, 
and what your ideas are. 

Incidentally, these articles are written to be read! If you haven't been 
reading our section of the Missionary Herald before just because it is all 
about missions, vou might like to make a mental check mark here. If you 
have been with us all along, great! Anvway, we'd like for you to stay with 
us in the future to know what is being said. And, we'd like your reaction 
to the articles in this issue. Do you like them? Do you agree or disagree? 
Would you like more such articles? It is only as we hear from you that we 
can know what you'd like in the future. 

Oh, ves, we'd like to salute vouth leaders all across the brotherhood for 
their faithfulness in sponsoring youth groups, in helping with retreats, quiz- 
zing, competitions, and so forth. Remember that their time is valuable and we 
should appreciate all thev do. Also, we are not forgetting your national youth 
directors, who serve in the office in Winona Lake and also get around among 
the churches to help you with your vouth planning. They're swell, aren't thev? 

We'd like to recommend that vou go to camp. Not onlv is it lots of fun, but 
there are manv opportunities to study God's Word and to learn about avenues 
of service for Him. And, who knows— there just might be some sessions when 
you could discuss together how to solve some of the problems you face. No 
fin'er'place to get down to business in these matters than at camp! 

And to you adults, we didn't mean to leave you out. We thought you'd 
read along with us and the teen-agers, and that you'd like what we have been 
saving. (Mavbe we should quietly ask vou a little question, too: "Are you 
really interested in helping our teen-agers go places for the Lord?" We be- 
lieve vou are and that vou, too, will want to read every word of this issue and 
the coming issues! And, dear adults, while we're talking we'd like to suggest 
that you— we— and the teen-agers begin to think about what we can do to 
help better support the Brethren Youth Council and the national youth di- 
rectors in the fine work thev are doing. They are having some trying times 
meeting their budget. Let's put our shoulder to the wheel and help them. We 
can pray and we can give. Also, I'm sure they would be glad for our ideas 
and suggestions. Let's join hands with them to make the Brethren youth 
movement the greatest! OK? ▼ 

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Puerto Rico at a Glance 

By Sieve Divine 

Amid the invincible fortress of "El 
Morro" on the turbulent Atlantic; 
the verdant, tropical Rain Forest on 
the towering peak of "El Yunque", 
the picturesque, palm-shaded beach 
of "Liquillo"; and the glittering gran- 
deur of the plush hotels in exotic 
San Juan, I came to a vital realiza- 
tion that even while overshadowed 
with the enchantment and fascination 
of the magnificent splendor of the 
island, the common bond of Chris- 
tian love and fellowship was far 
more meaningful and lasting. 

Mere words seem to be a futile 
and inadequate means of portraying 
this thrilling and challenging expe- 
rience, for they can never fathom the 
fullness of my heart. In the unique 
atmosphere of the tropical paradise 

The 1964 champion quiz 

team were in 

Puerto Rico April 2 to 9, 

1965. Left to 

right, front: Steve Brown, 

Keith Shorb, 

Steve Divine. Back: Diane 

Amett, Coach 

Phil Giessner, Terry Agler. 

of Puerto Rico I observed manv 
things that greatly impressed me. 

Through this first-hand, personal 
encounter I was given a keen insight 
into missionary living. A birdseye 
view of the work in San Juan re- 
moved manv false impressions and 
misconceptions. My previous mental 
picture of missionary life included 
physical hardship, drudgery, primi- 
tive dwellings, chronic diseases, and 
human torture. Although the life of 
the missionaries was far from easy, 
their environment included few phys- 
ical hardships for thev have all the 
conveniences of the twentieth cen- 
tury. Their positive attitude, devo- 
tion, industry, and cheerfulness 
astounded me. 

Another aspect of Puerto Rico 
which truly impressed me was the 
sharp, clean-cut teen-agers that I met. 
The teens were surprisingly friendlv 
and extremely interesting to talk 
with. A radiant smile with a sparkle 
in their dark brown eyes seemed to 
be a trademark of the Puerto Rican 
teens. Even more important, how- 
ever, most of the youth group were 
dedicated, mature Christians. They 
were unashamed to discuss spiritual 
matters and didn't seem to take their 
personal faith for granted. 

All in all, this challenging, once- 
in-a-lifetime experience has proved 
to be the climax of my teen-age years 
in every respect. The brief moments 
passed in Puerto Rico among true 
Christian friends will be cherished 
forever. My heart's desire and prayer 
for the future is that I might revisit 
the island, soon! T 

June 12, 1965 

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(FMS editor's note: Get a group of high- 
school and young college students together 
and you'll get opinions. In a "sound off" 
session with a group of teens from different 
churches in northern Indiana, this is what 
happened on subjects from animals to 
zealousness. Participants included Terry 
Beron, Joy McClements. Cheryl Ingwaldson, 
Terry Agler. Suzie Meyer. Sharon Beron. 
Jerry Landrum. Karen Beron. and Kent 
Sanders. Tossing out the questions was Phil 

Question: What is the mental im- 
age you have of a missionary? 

Terry B.: A missionary is a person 
who goes out into the world and 
wins people to Christ. 

joy: Well, the first thing I see is a 
missionary standing in front of one 
of these huts. And then I see a 
church— you know— with a whole 
congregation sitting out there and 
grinning for a picture. 

Cheryl: It's somebody who is really 
talented and has a lot of zeal and 
he'll go any place and do anything 
for Christ. 

Terry A.: At first I thought it was 
a bunch of old people who reallv 
loved the Lord and went out and 
witnessed, and there was a hospital 
somewhere around, and they were 
always healing people— fixing them 
up, that is. But now I have a com- 
pletely different conception of 

Sharon: I always picture the mis- 
sionaries as suffering. And I always 
think of the natives as hurting 
the missionaries because of the 
Christian work they are trying to 

Jerry: I used to think of a mission- 
ary as one who is old and gray and 
not completely withered up yet. 


What do today's teens think about 
reaching the unsaved overseas? 

And he didn't have anything else 
to do, so he went to the mission 
field and didn't really like what 
he was doing. 

Question: Has your image changed 
since ymi first thought of mission- 
aries? If so, how? 

Karen: Yes, it has. Mainly due, I 
think, to reading more about mis- 
sions in different countries. 

Joy: I have heard and met several 
missionaries. Their work is not any- 
thing like what you usually imag- 

Cheryl: Our family worked on a mis- 
sion station. This helped me to see 
that a missionary lives his life and 
tries to picture Christ to the people 
as best he can. 

Suzie: I always felt that missions were 
so far away and didn't involve me. 
It was always somebody else, never 
me. But I found out in the last 
couple years that all Christians 
in a sense are missionaries. They 
are vou and I as well as those who 
wear white shorts and helmets and 
go tramping off through the 

Terry A.: When I was younger I 
didn't even care about the mission- 
aries, Africa or wherever. But re- 
cently I was with a group of teens 
who went to Puerto Rico and had 
a chance to live with missionaries. 
This changed my outlook. They are 
people you can have a lot of fun 
with, too, you know. They are 
just as concerned for the people 
who live in the slums and the 
hoodlums as they are for the mil- 

lionaires in the hotels. And these 
missionaries are perfectly happy. 

Sharon: I always thought they had to 
go to a country far away. And it's 
not necessarily true. A missionary 
is anyone who preaches the gospel 
of Christ to anyone else, and gives 
a witness of Jesus Christ. 

Kent: My views have changed be- 
cause of the literature that is sent 
home from the mission fields. 

Jerry: A couple of kids have said 
something about missionaries stay- 
ing home. Yet, 95 per cent of all 
the Christian workers of the world 
are working with people who 
speak English (New Zealand, Aus- 
tralia, Canada, Unted States, and 
British Isles) while onlv 5 per cent 
work with the non-English-speak- 
ing people. That really bothers 
me. I'm all for being a missionarv 
here at home, but we have mis- 
sion stations in Africa where there 

are no missionaries. 

Question: Why the rush for Peace 
Cor-ps a-pfUcations and the drought 
of missionary afplications? 

Terry A.: The money backing it, 
for one thing. 

Karen: The short term. They say for 
a couple of years. And for a lot of 
people this is a testing ground. 

Question: Do you think that teens 
today are ready to sacrifice— in other 
words, to give their lives to go to 
missionary service? Or do you think 
they tend to avoid this more today 
than they used to? 

Jerry: Somebody must be avoiding it. 

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because there were a lot more mis- 
sionaries ten years ago in our work, 
percentage-wise, I mean, compared 
to what we've got todav. We'\'e got 
fewer missionaries than we had 
back in, I'd say, 1955. So, some- 
body must be avoiding it. More 
missionaries are coming home and 
staying home and not enough are 
going out. 

Question: Are we losing the ■pio- 
neer spirit or something? 

Jerry: I think so. Teen-agers todav 
are afraid to go to the mission field 
because they would have to give up 
so many luxuries here. 

Joy: I think sometimes teens get 
scared out of going. I remember 
hearing stories by missionaries of 
how scarey missionary work is. You 
know, about these big pythons and, 
oh, well. . . . 

Question: This -makes yon a little 
more hesitant? 

Joy: Yes. 

Jerry: I don't know. I don't feel it 
is that way any more. Missionaries 
do come back and thev do mention 
these things. And then they bring 
home someone like Simon-Pierre, 
an African national. I don't know 
how anyone could say he was 
scarey. He was a nice guy. And 
that is the kind of people that mis- 
sionaries have to work with today. 
Not a bunch of natives throwing 
spears at you and things. They've 
got transistors in their huts. How- 
ever, I do think that the training 
scares kids off. They're not so 

much afraid of getting trampled by 
an elephant as they are of the many 
years of training. 
Cheryl: It does sound like it will take 
a long time. 

Question: Would teens favor a 

system ivhereby some teen-agers out 
of the Brethren denomination would 
he sent to the mission field for a short 
time— possibly a summ^er—as visitors 
and short-term, helpers? 

Karen: Yes, very! 

Cheryl: Well, the National Youth 
Council ahvavs sponsors -some mis- 
sionaries—usually college students— 
to come out to the mission in New 
Me-xico. And they were really neat. 
And one of these missionaries is 
back there now on a permanent 

Kent: I would like to have some sort 
of experience with a plan like this. 
It would broaden your personality, 
no matter what the Lord would 
call you into later on. 

Jerry: I think if we showed enough 
interest in something like this, peo- 
ple would be interested in the work 
and start such a program. It would 
have a double value, actually. It 
might spur some to stay there and 
make others realize that they didn't 
belong there. 

Joy: I think anybody who is really in- 
terested in Christ would be in- 
terested in something like this. 

Sharon: I would like to work in 
this tvpe of program. There would 
really be possibilities to accomplish 
something worthwhile. 

Kent: It could get to be a lot of work. 

Terry A.: But worth it. T 

Photos by Phil Landrum 

iune 12, J 965 

Brethren Foreign Missions 



Linda Kisner, 
First Brethren 
Church, Akron, Ohio 

Lois Kisner, 
First Brethren 
Church, Akron, Ohio 

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Roland Kisner, 
First Brethren 
Church, Akron, Ohio 

Michael Salisbury, 
Los Altos Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, 

AHention, MH'ers! 

Here's exciting news!! 

Our national MHC rally is not far away. 
In fact, Saturday, August 21, 1965, is the 
BIG day. Are you planning to be there? 
I surely hope so. The boys and girls who 
come have so much fun. 

Since national conference is to be on the 
West Coast this year, our rally will be held 
at 3 p.m. at the North Long Beach Brethren 
Church in Long Beach, California. Maybe 
you MH'ers on the West Coast have never 
been to the big national MHC rally. So, this 
year you will be able to come. 

You will see many of the missionaries you 
have been praying for and to whom you 
have been giving your money. Won't it be 
fun meeting them? I 

Then, too, don't forget that this is where 
we announce our coloring contest winners. 
Have you mailed in to the Missionary Help- 
ers Club your colored picture of our Chateau 
in France? Maybe you will be the winner in j 
your age group! I 

I am looking forward to meeting many 
new MH'ers at the rally this year. i 

Uncle Clyde ! 



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Missionary Church 
in the Making 

By Rev. Forrest Jackson 

Many committees were busy mak- 
ing plans as the months of 1965 
rolled by— plans to insure that our 
Third Annual Missionary Conference 
would not be just a conference, but 
an experience never to be forgotten 
by our people. The stage was set. The 
theme, "Lord, Increase Our Vision," 
was elevated in the sanctuary so that 
it silhouetted the pulpit. A unique 
poster called attention to our con- 
ference project ($500 toward a Volks- 
wagen for Brazil). Classes were mak- 
ing final plans to present short skits 
informing our people about our seven 
fields. Arrangements had been made 
for a large delegation of missionaries 
from four of our mission fields to be 
present for our conference. The an- 
ticipation was great, but the week 
which followed was greater. 

After the months of praying, plan- 
ning, and waiting, our conference 
finally began as Dr. Orville Job- 
son challenged us to be a real mis- 
sionary church. It was almost an in- 
sult to think that we were not a mis- 

sionary church, for, after all, we had 
always given over $5,000 to foreign 
missions, and last year we gave a 
record offering which exceeded 
$7,700. And, besides that, we had 
prayed for "the missionaries on the 
foreign fields." But the Lord led us 
to see during this conference just 
what a missionary church really is. 
He increased our vision as He im- 
pressed our hearts with the challenge 
to be a real missionary church. Our 
faithful missionaries challenged us 
every evening concerning the needs 
of the fields, and the Lord did in- 
crease our vision as He gave us a new 
concern for the lost of the world and 
for our responsibility to get the mes- 
sage of reconciliation out "before it is 
too late. 

Our vision for giving was also 
increased as faith-promises totaling 
$9,000 were made during the final 
service. Later our congregation estab- 
lished a church goal of $10,000 with 
$7,500 designated for the personal 
support plan. Our vision for praver 

was increased, since we are now pray- 
ing for the seven missionaries whom 
we are helping to support. 

Our conference concluded on the 
Sunday night of March 21, and it 
looked very doubtful that we could 
become a real missionary church be- 
cause we had no missionary candi- 
dates. I am sure the missionaries who 
labored with us were very heavy- 
hearted as they headed for confer- 
ences in Iowa, for there was no re- 
sponse frorn our young people saying 
with Isaiah, "Here am I, send me." 

Yes, the conference did conclude, 
but the story did not. The Lord was 
graciouslv working in hearts, and it 
was a jov for the pastor to counsel 
with several of the teen-agers during 
the following week concerning the 
Lord's will for their lives. The cli- 
mactic evidence of God's working 
was forthcoming on that next Sun- 
day, when ten decisions were made in 
response to the invitation which was 
extended. It is not unusual to have 
decisions, but when seven of ten are 
young men, it certainly warms one's 
heart. The plans of one young man 
were changed completely as he an- 
swered the call of God for his life. 
Grace College will be larger by at 
least one student next fall because 
we praved and are now experiencing 
the fourth prerequisite for becoming 
a real missionary church. 

The curtains of time have fallen 
upon our Third Annual Missionary 
Conference, but we are praying that 
the years of the future will shov\' 
forth the lasting fruit of our 1965 
conference. T 




Owen Hacker (left) and Harold Huddleston with the special 
project poster. 

Left to right: Verne Runyon. Richard Darby, and Dick Edwards, 
the missionary conference committee, with the faith promise goal 

June 12, 1965 

Brethren Foreign Missions 



By Rev. Tom Julien 

Reaching youth through youth— 
this seems to be the only successful 
formula for youth evangelism in 

We saw this graphically illustrated 
last summer during a tent campaign 
sponsored directly by a group of 20 
teen-agers. Half of them were French 
vouth, and the others were students 
who came from England, having de- 
cided that this would be a more 
profitable way of spending their va- 
cation than going to the beach. 

In a city nestled in the Alps this 
team of youth packed-out their tent 
and attracted dozens of others around 
the loudspeakers outside. The others 
came, to be sure, to hear these young 
people sing their Negro spirituals, 
but thev stayed on to hear solid gos- 
pel preaching, and then afterwards to 
trv to find out why attractive, 
healthy, enthusiastic teen-agers could 
get so excited about giving their lives 
to Jesus Christ. 

Since we realize that youth can 
most effectively speak the language 
of youth, our first phase in the work 

of the Chateau in France is to seek 
out young people who are willing 
to give all to their Master— their tal- 
ents and their lives. These vouth 
must be ready not only to talk about 
their Lord— thev must know what it 
is to live constantlv with Him. The 
Christian message must find its in- 
carnation in the lives of consecrated 
messengers. Naturally, this imposes 
a heavy responsibility upon the mis- 
sionar)', for not onlv must he be will- 
ing to let others hear his words, but 
he must also let them see his life. 
There must be occasions for living 

As we sought to meet this chal- 
lenge, the Chateau opened its doors 
last fall to its monthlv ministry for 
youth. At the end of each month 
young people ha\'e been invited to an 
overnight rally. At Christmas and 
Easter these were extended into short 

Our first effort was disappointing 
—onlv two came. But the French ver- 
sion of the Scriptures exhorts us not 
to despise the dav of "feeble begin- 
nings." More came the next time, and 
finally a climax was reached at the 
end of March, when, with the help 
of a team from Paris and including 
a large delegation from Switzerland, 
over fiftv young people were present. 
For this, several local unconverted 
contacts were present and were deep- 
ly influenced by the testimony of the 
Christian youth. 

Reaching youth through youth— 
to achieve this in an area where 
Christian vouth are non-existent, we 

A "first" at the Chateau de St. Albain— a Bible quiz between 
France and Switzerland. Pictured are the members of the Swiss 
team responding to a question. 

are forced to call in others for help— 
the team from Paris, the young peo- 
ple from Switzerland. But already 
a tiny nucleus is beginning to form, 
and already the monthly rallies are 
serving in a double capacity: bring- 
ing youth to complete dedication and 
providing a spiritual climate in which 
the unsaved will find Christ. In Feb- 
ruary the first decision was made— 
that of a 1 5-year-old girl from a board- 
ing school in Macon. Her life shows 
real evidence of faith in God. Just 
after Easter a young man, also 15, 
made a decision to open his heart to 
the Lord. Then, just this week a tele- 
phone call came from Jacqueline, the 
girl who was converted in February. 
Her mother, who had left home three 
months previously because of deep 
problems, was with her and asked 
to come to the Chateau. When she 
came she was in a state of complete 
despair and unbelief, but God 
touched her heart and her present joy 
is as profound as her previous sor- 
row. After several days of rest at the 
Chateau she will return to her hus- 
band, and our prayer is that a family 
will someday be united in the Lord. 

This summer, in collaboration 
with our friends in the Alpine Mis- 
sion, we shall be having several 
campaigns aimed at reaching youth. 
The English-French team will be 
with us in the Macon area as well as 
in the area served by the Alpine Mis- 
sion. Perhaps our greatest present 
problem is the initial contact with 
vouth. These campaigns will help 
considerably. Will you join us in 

You have been reading a great deal 
these days about the freedom 
marches. Here at the Chateau we, 
too, are engaged in a freedom march, 
for our movement is called "Youth on 
the March" and our motto is "Walk 
in newness of life." We want to be 
joined in this march by young people 
who seek true freedom— freedom 
from sin and self, freedom to know 
life in its fullest expression. Youth 
can reach others— whether in France, 
in another foreign country, or back 
home— for youth are seeking meaning 
and dedicated Christians have found 
meaning. Join us in this march in 
newness of life with Christ at our 
head. ▼ 

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Dan (left) and Larry 

Two young men, having just finished their first 
'j^ear in Grace Seminary, are now bound for Europe for 
15 months of general mission-field service. This is the 
culmination of many months of planning and praving. 

Dan Hammers and Larry DeArmey are going under the 
sponsorship of the Foreign Missionary Society to perform 
a ministry for the Brethren mission in France. They will 
make their headquarters at the Chateau Bible Center 
and will be under the direction of missionary Tom 
Julien. Their service will be especially appreciated be- 
cause it will cover the year of the Fred Fogle family's 
furlough, which would leaye the Juliens as the onlv 
resident Brethren missionary family in France for that 

Dan and Larry are both sons of Brethren ministers. 
Dan's parents are Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Hammers, of 
Winona Lake, Indiana, Brother Hammers being a de- 
velopment officer of Grace Theological Seminary and 
College. Larry is the son of Rev. and Mrs. Richard De- 
Armey, of Inglewood, California, where Brother De- 
Armey is pastor of the First Brethren Church. Dan was 
graduated from high school in Fremont, Ohio; Larry, 
in Warsaw, Indiana. Both were graduated from Grace 
College in 1964. They have undertaken this service of 
their own volition and are raising the funds to finance the 
venture. Thus far it has been largely through visitation 
among Brethren churches; in the future it will be through 
gifts of interested individuals and churches. To Cod's 
people, whose contributions are making all this possible, 
the boys are very grateful, and it is with eager anticipation 
that they go forth into this "Christian peace corps" type 
of ministry for the Lord. T 


By Rev. P. Fredrick Fogle 

Twenty-five Christian workers in 
France recently focused their eyes 
upon the youth of that country in a 
forward-looking step toward reaching 
the approximately twelve million 
adolescents living within its borders. 

The vision of these lost millions 
was brought into focus by means of 
an interdenominational evangelical 
workers conference held at the Breth- 
ren youth center at St. Albain May 
3 to 5. This meeting was a sequel to 
one which was held in Paris during 
the month of March. 

At the May gathering, 1 1 different 
groups were represented, including 
Christian Service Brigade, Youth for 

Christ, Inter-Varsity Christian Fel- 
lowship, the French Baptist Federa- 
tion, Scripture Union, and others, 
besides the Brethren workers. 

On the first evening the group 
was favored by the presence of Breth- 
ren pastor Ralph J. Colburn, of Fort 
Lauderdale, Florida, at that time tour- 
ing Europe on the way back from his 
Holy Land trip. 

Interest was high and discussions 
lengthy on the vital matters which 
concern youth evangelism in France. 
Due to the lack of time many sub- 
jects were not discussed. The need 
for subsequent meetings was voiced 
and met with unanimous approval. 

For the organization of further 

youth workers retreats and more com- 
plete inter-church and inter-mission 
cooperation, a seven-member com- 
mittee was designated. Joint efforts 
will be planned particularly in the 
realm of literature and the training 
of specialists in various branches of 

A report of the March and May 
meetings will be jointly printed by 
the organizers of these two series of 
conferences, including summaries of 
the papers presented by the expe- 
rienced workers. 

The youth of France are very much 
on the hearts of a large proportion 
of the Lord's servants in this coun- 
try. They feel that this recent con- 
ference was beneficial and was a step 
toward greater things. T 

June 12, 1965 

Women's Missionary Council 


By Mrs. Robert Ashman 

National WMC Treasurer 
Winona Lake, Indiana 


"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great 
God and our Saviour Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13). 

Bom into a Christian home in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on a Sunday 
morning, the excitement of rriv coming into the world was shared with 
my twin sister, Beatrice. At the age of eight I received Christ as my 
Saviour through the guidance of Christian parents, Mr. William Miller, 
who is still in the Johnstown church, and my mother, who has gone to be 
with the Lord. During the earlv years of mv life I enjoved the privilege 
of working in the various organizations of our church along with mv 
four sisters. 

While I was in my teens, a new pastor came to minister in our church 
whose family was welcomed with much interest: namely, the Ashmans. 
This interest, involving the eldest son, Robert, developed into romance. 
After his graduation from seminary and my completion of nurse's training, 
we were married. The Lord saw fit to take our first little girl to be with 
Him at the time of her birth. This experience, as well as the death of mv 
mother, was used to strengthen my faith in Christ, although very difficult 
to understand at the time. But He never fails, and how we praise Him 
for blessing our lives with two daughters, Joyce Elaine, who is cashier 
at Grace College and Seminary, and Miriam Kay, who graduated from 
Grace College this spring prepared for elementary teaching. Miriam is 
the wife of Mr. Dan Pacheco. 

During 15 years as a pastor's wife I also served on the WMC executive 
council as vice president and secretary. This work has always been a source 
of much blessing to my life. The Lord permitted me to work in the of- 
fice of a large department store before going into training. This experience 
has proven very valuable in my present work in WMC. 

Through the years while working in the field of nursing, I have been 
very thankful I belong to Christ, of whom I never need be ashamed. I 
marvel at the miracle of His creation of human life, the wonders of His 
grace, and the promise of His retiirn. 

Another person whom God took unto himself but who had meant much 
in my life was my husband's mother. She wrote a song which expresses 
my thoughts as He gives me strength to carry out my duties. 

"Joyfully waiting, O Lord, haste the day; 
Joyfully looking for Him while we pray. 
Joyfully serving, the lost ones to save; 
Joyfully waiting Llis coming." 

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Women's Missionary Council 

Many times just recently I have 
heard young mothers say, 
"How can I find time to work 
for my church?" Many have young 
children in school and at home. Al- 
though I have only two children, one 
in school and one at home, I know 
how they feel. 

We have just finished observing 
another Mother's Day. Many stores 
and florist shops did a tremendous 
business. Cards were sent everywhere 
across this nation to mothers. Many 
of our WMC ladies were busy with 
mother-daughter banquets, and we 
all heard sermons based on mother 
love. It is wonderful to have a day 
set aside to honor mothers, and yet 
we know in our hearts how many 
times we have failed to be the kind 
of mother we wanted to be. 

Ths is the time of the year that 
we as Christian mothers should quiet- 
ly and conscientiously look back over 
the past year and evaluate ourselves. 

How would you answer the Lord 
if He asked you these questions; 
"Have you been faithful in the stew- 
ardship of motherhood? Have these 
children drawn you closer to Me, or 
have you used them as an excuse 
when called upon to serve Me?" We 
should remember that the Lord gave 
us these children that we love so 
dearly. This is true in my case. Many, 
many prayers went up before the 
throne of grace that we might have 
these two children. 

This is a good time to go over 
again the vows we made when we 
brought our infant son or daughter 
into the Lord's house for dedication. 
Do you remember how proud you 
were when you stood before the mem- 
bers of the congregation and promised 
God that you would be a faithful 

The pastor probably asked you 
questions like the following: "Do you 
promise to instruct this child in the 
truth of God's Word and in the way 
of salvation through Jesus Christ; to 
pray for him and teach him to pray; 
and to train him as God may give 
you grace?" And you answered, "I 
do." If we are going to be faithful 
to our promise, we should bring our 
children before the throne of grace 
each day. We should be concerned 
not only for the safety of our chil- 

dren, but most of all for their salva- 
tion, asking God to come into their 
lives— that He would be a reality, a 
living presence, so that our children 
will serve Him completely and joy- 
ously. We must also ask the Lord to 
remove the sins that a true mother 
can see in her child— temper, rebel- 
lious spirit, selfishness, truthlessness, 
and so on. Pity a mother who can- 
not see the sin in her own child. 
From the time a child is born, he is 
often a liar. Think of the times your 
own baby cried as if he were in ter- 
rible distress only to be perfecth' 
contented the minute he was picked 

Training a child is a full-time job. 
and no one can take a mother's place. 
I know that many mothers work out- 

Devotional Article for June 



By Mrs. Raymond Britton 
South Bend, Indiana 

side the home today because of neces- 
sity, but how many more work just to 
get away from their responsibilities 
of keeping the home and family? 
There should be a bond of love be- 
tween mother and child that is so 
sweet no mother would want to lose 
it through neglect. 

How often you have heard a moth- 
er say, "How helpless a little baby 
is!" We should realize that these 
babies are not only helpless, but also 
hopeless unless someone teaches them 
the way of salvation. That someone 
should be you! As mothers, we should 
remember that we are our children's 
first teacher. We must teach them to 
love God day by day through Bible 
stories, simple prayers, quiet talks, 
and a Christian family life. 

An old proverb says, "An ounce 


of mother is worth a pound of 
clergy." This is certainly true of a 
Christian mother. Just recently I 
heard of a family who blamed the 
preacher for the way their children 
turned out. How unfair! These chil- 
dren of ours are great imitators, and 
what they see in their own homes will 
reflect in their lives. 

How can we instill in our children 
the willingness to answer God if 
He should call them into full-time 
service? In the first place, I think as 
mothers we have to be willing to let 
them go. If you read I Samuel 1: 
27 and 28 you can see what the atti- 
tude of a Christian mother should be. 
"For this child I prayed; and the 
Lord hath given me my petition 
which I asked of him: therefore also 
I have lent him to the Lord; as long 
as he liveth he shall be lent to the 
Lord." If you have never entertained 
a missionary in your home, not only 
ha\'e you missed a blessing, but your 
child is missing opportunities of 
learning firsthand about the mission 

Christianity in the home must be a 
seven-day-a-week matter and not just 
something we put on for Sunday. If 
we cultivate a sense of God's presence 
n the experiences about the home, 
ur children will be able to speak 
aturally about God, Jesus, and the 


Let's ask that question again. "How 
can I work for my church?" You've 
probably already guessed the answer. 
As Christian mothers we are working 
for the church every day. We are 
creating the church of tomorrow— we 
are training the leaders for the church 
of Jesus Christ. If we fail, how can 
we expect them not to fail? 

In Christ's commission in Luke 24: 
47 He says that repentance and re- 
mission of sins should be preached in 
His name among all nations, begin- 
ning at Jerusalem. To you, mother, 
and to me, Jerusalem is our home. 
Let us begin there and be faithful! 

If ever there is a promise in the 
Bible that should be appreciated by 
busy mothers of young children, it 
is this: "They that wait upon the 
Lord shall renew their strength; they 
shall mount up with wings as eagles; 
they shall run and not be weary; and 
they shall walk, and not faint" (Isa. 
40:31). T 

June 72, 7965 


Women's Missionary Council 


By Mrs. David Dilling 

Warsaw, Indiana 

"Hey, Mommy, who's gonna be 
sick today?" my three-year-old daugh- 
ter asked recently in the midst of our 
family's morning rush hour. 

The girls were off to day nursery. 
Daddy to his office and classrooms, 
and I to the hospital for another 
day's work. Being one of the many 
"part-timers" who help out at the 
local hospital, I find myself working 
in many different departments. This 
"jack-of -all-trades, master-of-none" 
rotation would not foster a sense of 
serenity in any nurse; and vet, as I 
face each new day there is always the 
promise of the Lord through Isaiah, 
"In quietness and confidence shall 
be your strength." The nurse who is 
constantly preoccupied with personal 
problems can do little to minister to 
the deepest needs of others. I need, 
therefore, the strength of a quiet, 
confident heart. 

In the hospital I see life, death, and 
quite a lot between. My favorite de- 
partment of the hospital is the ma- 
ternity ward— an exciting place at 
times! As a Christian, I thrill at the 
birth of a new baby. There is so much 
potential in each sweet, helpless 
bundle. It is a happy place to work. 

In another part of the hospital some- 
one may be dying. This patient also 
is helpless, in a different way. I find 
it is not such a happy place to work. 
And yet it is often even more re- 
warding. To see someone very ill 
and to be able to help the one in need 
brings real satisfaction. 

Romans 12:15 teaches: "Rejoice 
with them that do rejoice, and weep 
with them that weep." God can give 
me grace to do just that as I minister 
at these bedsides. It is easy for me to 
share the joys. It is far more difficult 
to share the sorrows. And between 
the "life" and "death" patients are 
all the others— each with his own 
anxieties and burdens. Each is a per- 
son in his own right. Each is hos- 
pitalized because he is sick. Is it sur- 
prising, then, that some patients are 
hard to please? They are away from 

home, they have pain, they are afraid, 
they are lonely, or they are just plain 
bored. Small wonder that some pa- 
tients are not very patient! Multiply 
the individual problems by the num- 
ber that constantly crowd the rooms 
and halls, divide by the chronic nurs- 
ing shortage, and the result is frus- 
tration. Are the frustrations any less 
for the Christian nurse? Certainly 
not; often they are greater. I per- 
sonally find it very difficult to hurry 
past things that need to be done in 
order to do something even more 
urgent. But Jesus spoke directly to 
the frustrated of both his generation 
and ours when he said: "Come unto 
me . . . and I will cause you to 
rest." My part is to work as unto 
Jesus Christ himself. He has prom- 
ised to receive such service as done, 
in truth, to Him. ▼ 



ational Fellowship of Brethren Churches 


fe'sTiall be a vessel unto honour, 
sanctified, and meet for the master's 
use, and prepared unto every g-ood 
work" (II Tim. 2:21). 

8:00—9:50 a.m. 
August 17-25, 1965 

Long Beach, California 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

Women's Missionary Council 

On Our Island 

By Mrs. Maxwell Brenneman 

"Why, this service is just Hke we 
have back in the States!" Yes, that 
is what everyone says when he at- 
tends the Grace Brethren Bible 
Church in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 
In fact, the whole church is run like 
yours. On Sunday we have Sunday 
school, morning worship, and eve- 
ning fellowship. Wednesday night is 
prayer meeting. Friday night is 
TeenTime. All of our services are in 
English. But on Wednesday night 
you may hear several pray in Span- 

What about the women in our 
church? Yes, we have them. But I'm 
sorry to say that as yet we do not 
have a WMC. One of the reasons is 
that all but one of our ladies work 
during the day. That leaves only the 
evenings in which to do their house- 
work and take care of the family 
needs. We do look forward to Wed- 
nesday nights when we gather in our 
ladies group for our prayer time. This 
is a rich blessing to us all. 

When we first came to Puerto 
Rico more than six years ago, very 
few people had telephones. But 
things have changed. Everyone in our 
church has one now. This is the way 
in which I keep in touch with the 
ladies of our church during the week. 
When there is a prayer request or a 
special need, the phones begin ring- 
ing. Many have called from work 
during the day to ask for a prayer 
partner. This has been a real help in 
"bearing one another's burdens." We 
thank the Lord for this means of 

As wonderful as our island is, we 
found that very little was being done 
for the young people. We felt that 
they needed to be reached for the 
Lord. So we concentrated on them. 
It has been a real joy to see some of 
the young people grow in the Lord, 
especially the girls. But do pray 
that the rest of our "future church 
leaders" will give themselves in full 
surrender to Christ. 

Thank you, WMC ladies, for your 
many prayers for the work here in 
Puerto Rico. In the future, as we go 

on the total support plan, we shall 
have more time to devote to visitation, 
WMC, DVBS, summer camps, and 
the expansion of the work for the 

Lord. We are very conscious of the 
lateness of time— the coming of the 
Lord draweth nigh, and there is so 
much to do. Continue to pray for the 
work here, especially for our ladies 
and the future WMC ladies of the 
Grace Brethren Bible Church in 
Puerto Rico. ▼ 


Mrs. Harold R. Ball August 3 

B. P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Gloria Elizabeth Mason August 13, 1951 

Medical Center. Boguila. B. P. 36, Bossangoa via Bangui. Central African Republic 

Mr. Harold R. Ball August 15 

B. P. 13. Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Dr. Floyd W. Taber August 16 

Medical Center. Boguila. B. P. 36, Bossangoa via Bangui. Central African Republic 

Susan Robbins August 19, 1954 

Medical Center, Boguila, B. P. 36, Bossangoa via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Rev. Clark W. Miller August 18 

San Martin 254, Huinca Renanco, F.C.N.G.B.M.. Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S. A. 

Aldo Elwyn Hoyt August 21, 1950 

Avda. Buenos Aires 247, Almafuerte. F.C.B.M,, Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S. A. 

Rev. Randall E. Maycumber August 1 

Caixa Postal 861. Belem, Para, Brazil 

Rev. Bill A. Burk August 5 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 

Mrs. George A. Johnson August 10 

Caixa Postal 861. Belem, Para, Brazil 

Terry Lee Julien August 27, 1959 

Chateau de St. Albain, par Fleurville (S & L), France 

Duane Edmiston August 14, 1955 

519 Sunset Lane, San Ysidro, California 92073 

Ruth Elaine Brenneman August 16, 1955 

p. O. Box 10144. Caparra Heights. Puerto Rico 00922 

Stephen Paul Mason August 6, 1949 

%Mr. Richard Foote, 2926 Pittsburgh St., Fort Wayne, Indiana 

Mrs, P. Fredrick Fogle August 7 

p. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Phillip Valdo Guerena, Jr August 10, 1959 

p. O. Box 588, Winona Lake. Indiana 46590 

Mrs. Lvnn D. Schrock August 17 

1032 W. 5th Street. Waterloo. Iowa 

Rev, Jack B. Churchill August 20 

c/o Mr. Clifford S. Yocky, 6070 Lewis Avenue, Long Beach, California 

Lynette Marie Cover , August 21, 1958 

c/o Mr. James Cover. 1644 Glenwood Drive, Modesto, California 95350 

Miss Ruth Kent August 21 

c/o Mrs. Loman Doty, Wakarusa, Indiana 

Rev. J. P. Kliever August 21 

c/o Mrs. David Farris, 6556 Ferguson Drive. Commerce, California 

Miss Elizabeth Tyson August 25 

105 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Note: A biTthday was inadvertently omitted from the July list. Included should have 
been the following: 

Miss Lois Ringler July 30 

B. P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

June 72, 7965 


Women's Missionary Council 


ary 26 at the First Brethren Church 
of Whittier, CaHfornia, our district 
WMC conference began the family 
night program with a rousing song 
service. After opening prayer and 
welcome, we were introduced to our 
visiting missionaries, Rev. and Mrs. 
Donald Miller, Rev. Martin Garber, 
Rev. Donald Bishop, and Rev. Sib- 
ley Edmiston. Mr. Garber asked if 
anyone had a musical instrument in 
his home not being used. The African 
children would really appreciate the 
instrument and the opportunity to 
learn to play. Mr. Edmiston told of 
the joy upon learning that we were 
taking as our next project in May 
$660 for a printing press for the work 
in Mexico. Mr. Miller told of the 
need for portable book stores in Africa 
and had one on display. Our May 
project of $300 will go to provide 
one book store out of the 66 that are 

Our project chairman, Mrs. Sid- 
ney Bray, read a letter from Rev. 
James McClellan, of the Brethren 
Navajo Mission, thanking all the 
ladies for the mittens and socks that 
were given to the boarding school 
children. At this time she presented 
a hat which had a display of all 
projects taken on by the district this 
past year. Each council is to make 
some and is to bring its most outstand- 
ing hat to the next rally on May 
20 at the North Long Beach Breth- 
ren Church. A book will be given 
to the council with the most out- 
standing hat. 

The theme, "The Product of a 
Missionary," brought to our family 
night rally Rev. and Mrs. Edmiston, 
members of their family, Pastor 
Francisco Lopez of Tijuana, Pastor 
Juan Ramos of Ensenada, and many 
young people of Mexico. The 
young people gave testimony of how 
Christ had changed their lives and 
sang in their native tongue; the 
radiance of a surrendered life com- 
mitted to Him who gave His all for 
us was witnessed not only as a prod- 

uct of a missionary but of a mission. 
What a jov to experience the fruits 
of the harvest, a result of missionary 
endeavor in Mexico! 

Mr. Edmiston told of the impor- 
tance of witnessing and described the 
Mexican people's need for a place of 
fellowship— a place to learn and grow 
spiritually, so they, too, can be mis- 
sionaries to their own people. 

It was a challenge to everyone who 
attended, and our thrust forward 
could not help but be fortified as we 
think of those who have never heard 
the gospel story. 

Mrs. Gardner Howe 

Winter in the Mid-Atlantic States 
had seemed long and had brought 
its disappointments, for the WMC 
had planned a rally for the first part 
of March, but a snow storm kept 
many at home. After looking at bare 
trees for months, we always marvel 
to see them burst forth in leaf and 
bud again. The delicate pink of the 
apple blossoms, the white of the pears 
and cherry, red tulips, yellow jon- 
quils, the smiling faces of the pansies 
not only brought to mind the love of 
our wonderful living Lord, but also 
made the theme of our spring con- 
ference, "Spring Planting," live for 

The conference was held at the 
Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, 
Maryland, April 30. The WMC had 
time for their sessions during both 
the morning and afternoon. The as- 
sembly room was decorated with pot- 
ted pansies, and the programs also 
carried out the theme. 

Of course, in the spring our 
thoughts are turned to house-cleaning 
as well as planting, and Mrs. Robbe, 
of Martinsburg, West Virginia, pre- 
sented a challenging reading to clean 
our hearts and turn over the keys of 
every room to the Guest who has 
moved in to live there. 

Our project offering was to buy 
Bible school literature and camp 
equipment for Mexico. Several of the 
women appeared in Mexican dress, 

and Mrs. Teeter, project chairman, 
showed some of the literature to be 
used. A "sleeping Mexican" was even 
on the scene— perhaps he had been 
present at other meetings also— for the 
offering was just about $200. 

New officers were elected for 1965- 
66 and in the afternoon were in- 
stalled. Mrs. Robert Collitt held the 
installation service, using Isaiah 28: 
23 to 26, telling about the plowman 
and sowing the seed. As each lady 
was installed, a tiny sprinkling can 
was pinned on her. Then she was 
presented with a potted pansy with 
the admonition to "keep the old 
blooms pinched off to get new 
blooms." This was a wonderful ob- 
ject lesson with which to close a 
wonderful dav. But as we serve the 
Lord we need to remember, "If you 
have taken hold of the plow, hold on 
until the field is finished." 

Mrs. Leonard Shingleton 

On April 23 the WMC ladies of the 
Northern Ohio District joined their 
pastors, and any husbands that were 
able to come, at the Akron Fairlawn 
Church for the annual district con- 
ference. Together with the men thev 
heard Dr. flerman Hoyt tell of the 
high caliber of Grace College and 
Seminary and the incessant care 
necessarv for keeping up its superior- 
ity. Dr. Andrew Telford, of Phila- 
delphia, told us to "Fix Our Failures, 
Fuel Our Fires, and Face Facts." 
Four home-mission pastors, Irvin 
Miller of Norton Village, Alva Con- 
ner of Galion, Vernon Harris of 
Akron, and Dave Hocking of Colum- 
bus, challenged us with stories of 
souls won in their churches. 

Mrs. Gladys Lindower opened the 
morning session \\'ith devotions and 
prayer. Using Ecclesiastes 9:10, she 
gave a lesson in interior decorating. 
Our souls need to be adorned with 
confession, Bible study, quietness, 
right-thinking, prayer, and thanks- 
giving. Mrs. Florence Garber led in 
the song time. The main business of 
the morning was the election of of- 
ficers. Our beloved president, Opal 
Laubender, had finished her allotted 
term of three vears and had to be 
replaced. A capable slate of officers 

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Women's Missionary Council 

Jacira's brother, Caju, her 
mother, father and uncle. 

Missionary Answer to Prayer: 


One of the things that worried me 
most after my conversion to the Lord 
was the situation of my famih', that 
is my parents and my brothers, witli 
relation to their spiritual life. After 
I came to know the real true \\'ay, 
able to carry me, without a shadow of 
a doubt, to the heavenly paradise of 
God, I came to know also the danger, 
the great risk that my family was run- 
ning, principally my parents because 
they are elderly. My father, besides 
being in ill health, had the vice of 
drunkenness; speaking frankly, he 
was an alcoholic. Mother, too, did not 
have good health. Therefore, 1 had a 
reason to be sad. 

It is interesting to note that my 
husband's family was as bad as mine, 
or worse in some points. His father, 
besides being a constant drinker, was 
a first-class unbeliever. However, 
with prayer and witnessing on our 
part his family did not delay in ac- 
cepting the Word. It is important also 
to note that when one member of his 
family accepted Christ and we 
learned of it, there was happiness, 
but there was sadness too, and even 
crying on my part. And why 
shouldn't I cry! My family hadn't 
even reached the first milestone. 

Knowing that nothing is done with 
the arms crossed, I decided to go 
spend some days with my parents to 

show them the danger they were run- 
ning. I did this but the result was a 
complete failure. Then I resolved to 
leave them alone and continue in my 

But God transforms sadness into 
happiness and failures into victories. 
I resolved to appeal to Hirn. I studied 
with more willingness to learn and 
sought God that He would instruct 
me and prepare me for the next bat- 
tle. I asked for pra\'ers of the believers 
and I myself prayed that God would 
prepare the soil. 

When I considered myself capable 
for a new attempt, I resolved to set 
out but this time I went more secure- 
ly—something telling me that results 
would be different. And how differ- 
ent they were! When I began to read 
and explain some lessons which I had 
already prepared (lessons that showed 
our condition as sinners), my birother 
became interested and began to read 
the Bible. I, seeing this, invited him 
to make a visit to the home of Pas- 
tor Benjamin. 

We went, and the pastor invited 
Caju to attend a young people's re- 
treat and he accepted the invitation. 
A day or so later I returned to my 
home on a different island and he 
went to the retreat. Thanks be to 
God, he accepted Christ during those 
days. Through his testimony, my 

mother and uncle also accepted. I 
consider my father a believer because 
he has left his vices and he tells me 
he is going to make his decision 

Today I am grateful for the way 
God answered our many prayers in 
regard to that family. I imagine that 
God does not like to delay in answer- 
ing our pravers but that at times it 
is our manner of procedure that is 
not pleasing to Him. 

And now I have happiness. And 
what happiness! 

(WMC editor's note: This article was writ- 
ten by the wife of Pastor Trinity, pastor 
of the St. Anthony Brethren Church. Since 
the article was written, her father has made 
his public decision.) 


President — Mrs. Thomas Hammers. Box 326, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

First Vice President (Project). Mrs. Leslie 
Moore, Box 296, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Second Vice President (Program), Mrs. 
William H. Schaffer. 215 Arthur St.. Kit- 
tanning, Pa. 

Secretary. Mrs. Jack Peters, 314 Dorches- 
ter St.. Ashland. Ohio 

Assistant Secretary, Mrs. WilUard Smith. 
400 Queen Street, Minerva, Ohio. 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Robert 
Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave.. Winona Lake, 

Literature Secretary. Mrs. Benjamin Hamil- 
ton. Box 701, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Editor. Mrs. Norman H. Uphouse, R.R. 3, 
Warsaw, Ind. 

Prayer Chairman, Miss Elizabeth Tyson, 
105 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake, Ind. 

SMM Patroness. Mrs. Ralph Hall. R.R. 3. 
Warsaw, Ind. 

June 12, 7965 


Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 

Something SMM Can Do for Missions 

The SMM girls have always been 
very helpful in mission activities, and 
I have found they are eager to learn 
of more ways to be helpful. Before 
presenting this petition, I must first 
introduce my attractive and sweet- 
natured friend, Gladys. 

Gladys' parents are friendly. They 
have heard the gospel many times but 
have never been willing to submit 
their hearts wholly to the Lord. Her 
father is a successful businessman; 
her mother is an excellent seamstress. 
The parents work diligently to pro- 
vide for their two children, Gladys 
and her younger brother, a nice, 
comfortable home, nice clothes, and 
a good education. 

Gladys began attending Sunday 
school while she was very young. 
Even before going to school, she was 
a diligent student, learning well her 
memory verses and the lessons; she 
accepted the Lord as her Saviour 
while still young. Even though her 
parents did not attend Sunday school, 
she would sometimes beg her father 
to drive her over to the church; or, 
if she had no one else to go with, 
she went alone. She began taking her 
brother with her when he was old 

This auburn-haired, brown-eyed, 
and attractively-dressed girl went to 

senior camp one year. Although 
Gladys had always enjoyed the 
warmth of Christian fellowship, she 
was found to be despondent at times 
there. When the nurse counsellor 
talked with her, Gladys asked her to 
pray for her home life. She wanted 
to be faithful to the Lord and obey 
Him, not only in baptism, but also 

in a separated life. Her parents had 
refused to allow her to be baptized, 
but she did fulfill some of her desires 
by helping in the Happy Hour clubs. 
To be obedient to her parents in their 
desires for her, she could not live a 

By Mrs. J. Paul Dowdy 

separated, dedicated Christian life. 

A few weeks after camp, she had 
a nervous breakdown. Her parents 
said it was caused by religious fa- 
naticism. None of the Christians nor 
the pastor could visit her. But we all 
prayed. After .she was well, her par- 
ents tried to introduce her into a new 
circle of friends— the society group. 
But she wasn't happy with that 
group, and she begged a few of the 
Christian young people to stop at her 
house and ask for permission for her 
to go with them to the meetings. Her 
parents succeeded in getting her 
brother to stop going, but with all 
their continued efforts in trying to 
discourage her in returning, she still 
loves the Lord and wants to worship 
with His people. Now she is once 
more attending the meetings and 
allowed to help in teaching on a limit- 
ed scale. Once again she desired to 
be baptized but was refused by her 

Perhaps some of the SMM girls 
have had experiences similar to this; 
if so, you know how to appreciate 
the prayers and love of God's peo- 
ple. You girls can show your love 
to Gladys and others on the mission 
field with similar difficulties by re- 
membering them daily in your pray- 
ers. T 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 

SMM Girls Have Been Busy This Year . . . 

Junior SMA'I girls wearing their 
green and white beanies sang in a 
group for a joint meeting in Feb- 
ruary. Middler girls are working on 
the projects of making mission flan- 
nelgraphs. Besides the many spiritual 
blessings, senior girls have enjoyed 
horseback riding and swimming par- 

—Mrs. Randall A4aycumber, mission- 
ary to Brazil, was guest speaker for 
the spring rally held at Wooster. The 
program was planned along the idea 
of Brethren Air Lines SMM-Jet 
Flight to Brazil. 

groups from the First Brethren visit- 
ed the Pennsylvania Electric Com- 

pany, where they cooked their eve- 
ning meal under super\'ision and then 
ate it. An SMM mother and daugh- 
ter tea was held at the Riverside 
Brethren Church. Approximately 
fifty persons attended; a wonderful 
time of Christian fellowship was held. 

SMM girls of the Woodville Grace 
Brethren have had a good year with 
monthly projects such as making a 
floral arrangement for the church 
altar, a fashion show for a WMC- 
SMM tea, and treat bags to hand out 
at the old folks home and hospital. 

graphed post card reminders sent out 
each month prior to the meetings 
have brought manv girls out to enjoy 
Christian fellowship. Ideas used were 

the installation service out-of-doors 
around a bonfire, home-made ice 
cream following one meeting, and 
a progressive party in which some 
forty persons participated. 

Serving My Master 
Saving Send 

My to More 

Money Missionaries 

This slogan launched an enthu- 
siastic penny partner program by the 
SMM girls of Long Beach First. Girls 
carrv flashcards \\'hich sav, "Will you 
be an SMM P.P. with me?" and have 
had much success. Their goal is to 
raise two hundred yards of pennies 
in order to support the two Austin 
girls, who have just gone to Argen- 
tina with their parents. 

WMC News 

(Continued from fage 14) 

was chosen, headed by Mrs. Jayne 

Mrs. George Ripple was in charge 
of the afternoon session, which open- 
ed with a song service led by Mrs. 
Garber. Mrs. Gladys Lindower was 
honored for serving for three years as 
editor of our district ne^A'spaper, the 
Lead-Her. The July project is to be 
two projectors for the science depart- 
ment at Grace College. Two ladies 
from Akron (Fairlawn), Mrs. Garber 
and Mrs. Jean Siegenttraler, sang 
"The Father's Will." 

Miss Elizabeth Tyson, retired mis- 
sionary, expressed her appreciation of 
the new missionary residence. Then 
she told us about women of Africa. 
Basing her remarks on II Peter 2:5, 
she said that all sizes and shapes of 
stones go into the foundation of an 
African building, with cement hold- 
ing all together. Just so, our African 
women are "living stones" of all kinds 
and abilities, cemented together by 
the love of Christ. She told of two 
women who could not learn to read 
or lead a meeting but gave of the best 
that they had, one by opening her 

home every Wednesday for the 
WMC meeting and the other by 
serving coffee to the hundreds who 
attend their church conferences. 
Women with education . lead meet- 
ings and do personal work. Several 
thousand women and girls meet at 
conferences, build grass huts, and 
stay for a week or ten days. 

Mrs. Laubender installed the new 
officers. Using the theme, "For the 
Master's Use," she said that women 
are like clay vessels. Each must first 
be soft, then molded. Before good 
works, there must be cleansing and 
filling with the fioly Spirit. She gave 
each officer a clay bowl and a special 
individual Bible verse. 



at national 


each day 

Themes discussed — 

How to start or 

rejuvenate an 





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June 12, 7965 



congregation of First Brethren 
Church appreciates the ministry of 
Bro. Russell Enzor during the three 
months when the church was without 
a pastor. As well as presenting mes- 
sages in the Sunday services, he 
taught the men's Bible class each 
week. The church enjoyed the fel- 
lowship with him and his wife, and 
attendances staved up very well. Rev. 
Larry Gegner and his family have 
now moved into the parsonage and 
have taken over the work; in prepara- 
tion for their coming the congrega- 
tion cleaned and redecorated the par- 
sonage and helped fill the pantry 

Mrs. George E. Cone, of Bozoum, 
Central African Republic, welcomed 
a new little daughter into their fam- 
ily on April 24. Calla Jean was born 
at the Medical Center and will see 
the United States for the first time 
when she arrives in this country with 
her parents, brother, and two sisters 
this coming July. 

Easter Sunday, attendance records 
were broken at First Brethren Church 
in both the Sunday school and the 
morning worship service. There was 
one decision of rededication to the 
Lord. After prayer meeting on April 
21 the congregation held a surprise 
coffee hour in honor of Mrs. Chris- 
tie's birthday; she was presented with 
a cash gift. George R. Christie is pas- 

CLAYTON, OHIO. Eight people 
were received into church member- 
ship on Easter Sunday at Clayton 
Brethren Church. In the evening 
service the film "I Beheld His 
Glory" was shown. Four Clayton 
young ladies announced their en- 
gagements and introduced their 

fiancees to the pastor of the church. 
Rev. William E. Howard. There were 
100 in attendance at the spring com- 
munion service; a number of these 
took part in a three-fold communion 
for the first time. On Mother's Day 
a Russian Orthodox man made a pub- 
lic confession of Christ as Saviour. 
Mr. Dan Grabill, national youth di- 
rector, taught the young people's Sun- 
day-school class and brought the 
morning message on May 16. 

of families in the Philadelphia area 
have recently left modernistic 
churches and are regularly attending 
services at First Brethren Church. 

Rev. Robert Griffith Rev. C. R. Pugh 

The two choirs and brass ensemble 
have been joined by a youth orches- 
tra, all directed by Rev. C. R. Pugh, 
which are helping to bring a steady 
increase in Sunday evening attend- 
ance. The Christmas and Easter musi- 
cales were so well attended that two 
identical performances had to be 
given. The congregation is thinking 
of remodeling. Robert Griffith, pas- 

JENNERS, PA. The highest re- 
corded Sunday-school attendance in 
the history of Jenners Brethren 
Church was reached on Easter, when 
238 were present. In the morning 
worship service a good-sized congrega- 
tion taxed the seating capacity of the 
auditorium. Kenneth Wilt, pastor. 

Grace Brethren Church of Greater 
Washington held their first services 
at their new location on May 1. The 
new building, located in Temple 
Hills, Md., is situated on four and a 
half acres of land. It provides a sanc- 
tuary, 19 teaching units, an all-pur- 
pose kitchen, and space for the Chris- 
tian Service Brigade and Pioneer 
Girls meetings. The ladies of the 

church initiated the banquet hall fa- 
cilities on May 7 with a mother- 
daughter banquet, at which Mrs. 
Marni Mock, missionary to Viet- 
Nam, was featured speaker. James 
G. Dixon is pastor. 

Dr. Glenn O'Neal, executive secre- 
tary of the district missions board of 
the Southern California-Arizona Dis- 
trict, spoke recently in the Grace 
Brethren Church here. Emlyn H. 
Jones, pastor. 

ALTOONA, PA. Grace College 
was well represented at First Breth- 
ren Church in April; on Friday, April 
9 the college choir presented a con- 
cert, and the following Sunday Rev. 
Thomas Hammers, field representa- 
tive for the college and seminary, 
spoke and interviewed prospective 
students. On Easter Sunday an all- 
time high was reached in Sunday- 
school attendance with 243 present. 
Rov E. Glass, Jr., pastor. 

PHOENIX, ARIZ. A choir pre- 
sentation of John Peterson's cantata, 
"Hallelujah! What a Saviour," was 
enjoyed by a group of 168 on April 

18 at Grace Brethren Church. Rus- 
sell E. Konves, pastor. 

BUENA VISTA, VA. In the evan- 
gelistic meetings held at First Breth- 
ren Church April 21 to May 2 by 
Rev. M. L. Myers, there were eight 
public first-time decisions and 22 de- 
cisions of rededication. In a business 
meeting April 25 the congregation 
voted to build a cabin for the new 
Southeast District camp. Charles 
Thornton is pastor. 

school attendance at Norwalk Breth- 
ren Church on Easter Sunday was 
509. Pastor Howard W. Mayes has 
accepted a unanimous call to serve 
for his third year. 

MEYERSDALE, PA. There were 
112 in Sunday school Easter Sunday 
at Summit Mills Brethren Church, 

19 more than on the previous Easter. 
They recently finished redecorating 
the basement of the church and plan 
to use curtain dividers to make several 
Sunday-school classrooms. They held 
a missionary conference recently, with 
a number of Brethren missionaries 
present— Mrs. Randall Maycumber, 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

Rev. and Mrs. Foster Tresise, Rev. 
and Mrs. Eddie Mensinger, Miss 
Elizabeth Tyson, and Rev. and Mrs. 
Lynn Schrock. Roy E. Kreimes, pas- 

ALBANY, OREG. In the May 15 
issue of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald it was reported that Rev. Nel- 
son Hall had resigned as pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church here. Since 
that time he has been asked to re- 
consider his decision and has agreed 
to remain as pastor for another year. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. Word was 
sent to the Missionary Herald Co. 
on May 5 that Rev. James Sweeton, 
pastor of First Brethren Church, had 
been hospitalized for surgers' for the 
second time in three months. Prayer 
is requested for him. 

mont Brethren Church held a con- 
ference April 11 to 1 5 on "The Holy 
Life," with Dr. James Boyer, profes- 
sor at Grace Seminary, Winona Lake, 
Ind., as special speaker. On the fol- 
lowing Friday night the Grace Col- 
lege choir presented a sacred concert. 
Rev. William Crowe, of the Mar- 
tinsburg Rescue Mission, was guest 
speaker in the evening service April 
18. Robert L. Dell, pastor. 

TRICT. The ninth annual district 
conference was held recently at Pine- 
brook Conference Grounds in Penn- 
sylvania. Conference speaker was Dr. 
John C. Whitcomb, professor of Old 
Testament and director of post-grad- 
uate studies at Grace College and 
Seminary. Representing home and 
foreign missions were Rev. Lester 
Pifer and Rev. Clyde Landrum, both 
of Winona Lake, Ind. The tenth 
church was added to the district when 
delegates recognized the new work 
at Elizabethtown, Pa. More than one 
hundred district young people attend- 
ed their own conference on the 
grounds during the district meet- 
ings. Newly elected moderator for 
the district is Rev. Earle Peer, pastor 
at Harrisburg, Pa. 

Brethren Church here recently called 
Kraig Meyer, a graduate of Moody 
Bible Institute now in his fourth year 
at San Diego State College, as part- 

time youth director. On May 7 the 
WMC sponsored a mother-daughter 
banquet at which 82 were present. 
The Sisterhood girls modeled dresses 
they or their mothers had made, and 
Mrs. Walter Haag brought an ap- 
propriate message for the occasion. 
Henry Dalke, pastor. 

MEYERSDALE, PA. The Meyers- 
dale Brethren Church observed a 
ground-breaking service on Sunday, 
May 16, for a new addition that will 
provide additional Sunday-school de- 
partments and a parsonage. Rev. 
Ralph C. Hall, who prepared the 
plans for the addition, was the guest 
speaker. The church has showed a 
steady increase in growth for almost 
seven years. William H. Snell is pas- 

WHEATON, ILL. The second 
annual world missions conference of 
Grace Brethren Church was held 
May 14 to 16; missionaries present 
were Rev. and Mrs. Foster Tresise 
and daughter and Rev. Lynn 
Schrock. In addition. Rev. Richard 
Grant, executive editor of the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald, presented the 
challenge of missionary literature, and 

Rev. Gene Witzky, formerly a 
Brethren home-mission pastor, con- 
cluded the conference with an 
emphasis on missions in America. As 
a result of the faith-promise plan of 
missionary giving, the church's an- 
nual offering to missions tripled in 
one year-from $1,600 to $5,178. 
Dean Fetterhoff is pastor. 

WOOSTER, OHIO. Easter Sun- 
day was an outstanding day at First 
Brethren Church, with seven de- 
cisions for Christ, six babies dedi- 
cated, ten individuals baptized, and 
1 1 new. members received. Total of- 
ferings for the day were over $2,000. 
Kenneth Ashman, pastor. 

March 28 the people of Grace Breth- 
ren Church held a farewell reception 
for Pastor and Mrs. Charles Martin 
following the evening service and 
presented them with a beautiful 57- 
piece set of china; the church young 
people gave, them two long-play 
records. A farewell supper was held 
in the Martins' home on April 3 in 
appreciation for Pastor Martins' 
nearly six years of ministry in John- 
son City. 

STOYSTOWN, PA. On April 25 the Reading Brethren Church broke 
ground for their new church building. Pictured above in the front row, 
left to right, are Rev. Leonard S. Bennett, pastor; Mr. James W. Kimmel, 
church vice moderator; and Rev. Shimer Darr, pastor of Grace Brethren 
Church, Washington, Pa. Others in the picture are members of the Reading 
congregation. The new building is to be 30 by 50 feet and is located on 
approximately two and one fourth acres of land. Tentative plans call for 
occupation by mid-July of this year. At a recent business meeting the con- 
gregation voted unanimously to call Pastor Bennett for another year. 

June 12, 1965 


Left to right: Mrs. Everett Caes, Rev. Caes. 
Dr. and Mrs. Waiter Wilson. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Dr. Walter 
Wilson, noted physician and Bible 
speaker, held a Bible conference at 
Grace Brethren Church April 4 to 
11. On Friday of that week Dr. Wil- 
son presented Pastor Everett Caes 
with a birthday cake on behalf of the 
congregation. On April 18 the Grace 
College choir presented a concert 
during the morning worship hour. 

young couple made first-time deci- 
sions for Christ at Westminster Breth- 
ren Church Mav 2, and two children 
made public their faith in Christ. On 
Mav 16 there were four first-time de- 
cisions and two decisions for church 
membership. Robert Thompson, pas- 

ground-breaking ser\'ice was conduct- 
ed at the Leamersville Grace Breth- 
ren Church on Sunday, Mav 23, for 
a new addition which will provide for 
an enlarged sanctuary and Sunday- 
school rooms. Victor S. Rogers, pas- 

Rev. Ron Thompson's two weeks of 
evangelistic meetings at First Breth- 
ren Church, 12 individuals made 
first-time decisions for Christ; three 
others made decisions of rededication. 
Average attendance during the 16 
services was 79. The Sunday prior 
to the meetings, four more individ- 
uals, two of whom were a middle- 
aged couple, accepted Christ as Sav- 
iour. Robert D. Whited, pastor. 

TROY, OHIO. During recent 
weeks there have been a number of 
decisions in the regular ser\'ices at 
Grace Brethren Church, including 
six for salvation. Five have been bap- 
tized and received into church mem- 


bership, and several others are an- 
ticipating baptism. In the pastor's 
hospital visitation, three individuals 
recently accepted Christ, including 
a couple in their eighties. John S. 
Neelv, pastor. 

people of Grace Brethren Church 
worked hard in getting their new pas- 
tor's home ready for his arrival on 
April 17; consequently, the Charles 
Martins arrived to find a parsonage 
where the furniture was already set 
up and the cupboards were stocked. 
The men presented Pastor Martin 
with a gift of money to purchase some 
books of his choice. He was installed 
as pastor on Easter Sunday morning; 
in the evening Rev. and Mrs. Don 
Bishop, missionaries to Argentina, 
presented a missionary challenge. At- 
tendance records were set in all the 
services that day. The church mem- 
bership now stands at 45. 

SPOKANE, WASH. A mission- 
ary-Bible conference was held at 
First Brethren Church in Januar\'; 
missionaries Rev. and Mrs. Marvin 
Goodman, Rev. and Mrs. Don Miller, 
and A4iss Mary Gripe presented the 
missionary emphasis. Brethren evan- 
gelist Ron Thompson held a series of 
rrieetings here March 28 to April 9, 
wheYi seven first-time decisions and 
three public confessions of Christ 
were made. Rev. and Mrs. Leo Pol- 
man recently held a stewardship con- 
ference here, at which there was one 
decision to accept Christ. David 
Thompson is pastor. 


Grace Brethren Church here cele- 
brated its 75th anniversary Sunday 
afternoon. May 2. Simon Toroian is 

Richard Grant, executive editor of the 
Brethren Missionary Herald maga- 
zine, v\'as guest evangelist for a series 
of meetings May 2 to 9 at Grace 
Brethren Church. During the serv- 
ices there were 13 first-time decisions 
and 25 rededications. On May 16, 
four more individuals accepted 
Christ. Wesley Haller, pastor. 

Mrs. W. E. Bearinger, members of 
First Brethren Church here, celebrat- 
ed their 50th wedding anniversary 
on May 10. Mr. Bearinger recently 
retired as teacher of the young men's 
Sunday-school class, a position he had 
held for 36 years. During this time 
eight of his pupils had become min- 
isters of the gospel, including Ches- 
ter Zimmerman, Arthur Malles, Mark 
Malles, Ernie Bearinger, and Clark 
Miller. Our congratulations to this 
couple! Robert Crees is pastor. 

UNIONTOWN, PA. Congratula- 
tions to Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. 
Edenfield, who celebrated their 50th 
wedding anniversar\' on Wednesday, 
Mav 5. They are members of First 
Brethren Church. True L. Hunt, 

CHANGE. Rev. and Mrs. John 
W. Evans, 171 Maugans Rd., Peru, 
Ind. 46970. Rev. and Mrs. Don Ear- 
ner, 507 S. Juniper St., Toppenish, 
Wash. Chaplain C. L. Jenkins, 5201 

SUNNYSIDE, WASH. The picture above was taken at the Sunnyside 
First Brethren laymen's father and son banquet, v\'hich was held April 27 
in honor of the church basketball team. There were 43 present. John Mayes, 

Brethren hA'issionary Her aid 


Revere Dr., Elizabeth Park, Norfolk, 
Va. 23502. Rev. and Mrs. Charles 
Lawson, 317 Whispering Dr., Trot- 
wood, Ohio 45426. Rev. and Mrs. 
Charles M. Martin, 10704 Beclan 
Dr., Rancho Cordova, Calif. 95670. 
Rev. and Mrs. Earl W. Reed, 1454 
Benjamin N.E., Grand Rapids, Mich. 
49505. The new secretary of Grace 
Brethren Church, Sacramento, Calif., 
is Mrs. Paul Miller, 7233 Oakberry 
Way, Citrus Heights, Calif. 

SIDNEY, IND. Brent Sandy, son 
of Pastor Rollin Sandy of Sidney 
Brethren Church, was one of two 
young men to receive top honors in 
the Warsaw High School band re- 
cently. Brent will be entering Grace 
College this fall. 

cJn cJUemoliam 

Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

MILLER, George W., passed 
away on March 1. He had been a 
member of the First Brethren 
Church of Clay City, Ind., for 45 
years. Robert Clouse, pastor. 

LINE, Mrs. Ruth M., died March 
27, just 38 days after the death of her 
husband. She was a faithful member 
of Calvary Brethren Church, Hagers- 
town, Md. 

Galen M. Lingenfelter, pastor. 

BARISIER, Mrs. Ethel Moxven, 
passed away March 30. She attended 
Calvary Brethren Church, Hagers- 
town, Md., where she had many 

Galen M. Lingenfelter, pastor. 

CREED, Lewis, died suddenly 
April 9. He had been a member of 
First Brethren Church, Long Beach, 
Calif., since 1920. 

Charles W. Mayes, pastor. 

LARMON, Mrs. Margaret, 69, 
went to be with the Lord April 15. 
She was a member of the Listie 
Brethren Church, Listie, Pa., where 
she served many years as a deaconess. 
She was active in the work of the 
Women's Missionary Council, on 
both a local and district level, and 
served six years as secretary of the 
council. Max A. DeArmey, pastor. 

WINELAND, Mrs. Earl, 71, died 
on April 26. She had been a faithful 

member of the First Brethren Church 
of Dallas Center, Iowa, for many 
years. James Custer, pastor. 

WOLF, Mrs. Hope, passed awav 
in April. She was a faithful member 
of the First Brethren Church of 
South Gate, Calif., and was the 
mother of Mrs. Wayne Beaver, 
Brethren missionary to Africa. Fu- 
neral services were conducted April 
21. Wayne S. Flory, pastor. 

BYERS, Mrs. Cora, a faithful 
member of First Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, Pa., died May 2. 

James C. Sweeton, pastor. 

WOLTZ, Mrs. Anna, 84, one of 
the oldest members of the Grace 
Brethren Community Church, West 
Alexandria, Ohio, went to be with 
the Lord on May 2 after a long in- 
validism. She is survived by her hus- 
band and a large family. 

Horace H. Mohler, pastor. 

ECKSTEIN, Laura Ann, infant 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Eck- 
stein, of First Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, Pa., died the first week 
of May. James C. Sweeton, pastor. 

SPRAGUE, Mary, died in May. 
She was a faithful member of Wood- 
ville Grace Brethren Church, Mans- 
field, Ohio, and assisted with mailing 
out the midweek papers and other 
work in the church. 

M. L. Myers, pastor. 

BOWMAN, Mrs. A. E., 86, died 
Friday, May 7. She was a charter 
member of the La Verne (Calif.) First 
Brethren Church and at the time of 
her death was a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church in Chico, Calif. 
She was the mother of Rev. Edward 
Bowman, of Winona Lake, Ind. 

Russell L. Williams, pastor. 

NORTON, Frank, for many years 
a member of the First Brethren 
Church of Long Beach, Calif., died 
May 10, ten years after the death of 
his wife. Charles W. Mayes, pastor. 

PREISING, Paul, a member of 
Grace Brethren Church, Middle- 
branch, Ohio, passed away in May. 
He had been a semi-invalid for the 
past 30 years. Funeral services were 
held May 17. Wesley Haller, pastor. 

SAUFLEY, G. C, went to be with 

the Lord on Monday, May 17. He 
\\'as a member of Grace Brethren 
Church, Palmyra, Pa. The message 
in the memorial service the following 
Thursday was given by Rev. Nathan 
Meyer. Russell H. Weber, pastor. 

HOUSTON, James, Sr., passed 
away May 19 at the home of his son, 
James Houston, Jr., in Newark, Del. 
Funeral services were held May 22 
in Meyersdale, Pa., where Mr. Hous- 
ton was a member of the Brethren 
church. William H. Snell, pastor. 

WeJMng ^ells 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Janet Sharpe and Ron Hoover, 
March 12, Norwalk Brethren 
Church, Norwalk, Calif. 

Pamel Lee Huster and Thomas 
Eugene Crume, April 10, Grace 
Brethren Church, Elkhart, Ind. 

Karen Slabaugh and Philip Hoff- 
man, April 30, Grace Brethren 
Church, Middlebranch, Ohio. 

Judy Graves and Joseph Coleman, 
May 1, Grace Brethren Church of 
Greater Washington, Washington, 

D. C. 

Donna Jean Rockey and C. 
Eugene Fahlsing, May 8, First Breth- 
ren Church, Fort Wayne, Ind. 

Charlene K. Wackier and William 

E. Smith, May 8, Grace Brethren 
Church, Troy, Ohio. 

Toni York and John Dowler, May 
13, Clayton Brethren Church, Cla)'- 
ton, Ohio. 

Suzanne Kite and Jeff Marsh, 
May 14, North Long Beach Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Pamela R. Wachler and Robbie 
C. Johnson, May 15, Clayton Breth- 
ren Church, Clayton, Ohio. 

Sally Ann Duran and Timothy 
Salazar, May 22, Grace Brethren 
Church, Albuquerque, N. Mex. 

Anita Howzdy and Bill Gardner, 
June 12, Grace Seminary Chapel, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

Barbara Hyndman and Ray Gsell, 
June 5, First Brethren Church, Phila- 
delphia, Pa. 

Dee Anna Caldwell and David 
John Neely, June 12, First Brethren 
Church, Portis, Kans. 

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PRAISE the Lor3 for His answer 
to prayers concerning the production 
of the special four-color Herald 
magazine; may His blessing be upon 
the distribution of 50,000 copies of 
this visitation issue. 

FFiAY for a continuing increase in 
subscriptions to the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald magazine during this 

PRAY for an excellent response to 
the Missionary Herald publication 
emphasis in our Brethren churches 
during June aj^4< July- 

PRAY for the ministry of Evan- 
gelist Ron Thompson in Norwalk, 
California, June 27 to July 4. 

PRAISE the Lord for a very fruit- 
ful ministry in the Pacific Northwest 
during the first four months of this 

PRAY that God will lead in the 
calling of additional evangelists to 
serve in this field. 

PRAISE the Lord for every victory 
of the school year just closed. 

PRAY God's blessing upon the 
summer school work in college and 

PRAY for the summer activities of 
faculty and students. 

PRAY for the young people of our 
churches who are still making de- 
cisions as to where to go to school 
this fall. 

PRAY for the recent graduates of 
both seminary and college, that thev 
may be guided as to their immediate 

PRAISE God-Tor iffie new branch 
church of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 
at Elizabethtown and pray for the 
need of a meeting place at the end 
of June. 

PRAY' for the Brethren Construc- 
tion Company crew as they begin a 
new home-mission church in Gallon, 
Ohio, this month. 

PRAY for Rev. and Mrs. Bruce L. 
Button, our missionaries to the Jews, 
as they itinerate in the northwestern 
sections of the United States. 

PRAY for a number of changes in 
home-mission pastorates being made 
at this time. 

PRAY that goals in conference 
expense will be reached in a num- 
ber of our home-mission churches. 

PRAY that our SMM girls will be 
willing to be used by the Lord this 
summer to witness for Him. 

PRAY for each local SMM as they 
elect officers in June and July. 

PRAY for our graduating SMM 
girls, esjjecially those from college, 
that many will go into full-time serv- 
ice for the Lord. 

PRAY for the district that will be 
host for the national conference in 

PRAY for the nominating commit- 
tee as district and local officers are 
chosen and elected. 

PRAY for the missionaries, home 
and foreign, who are traveling. 

PRAISE the Lord for the couples 
and youth who responded to the call 
in our missionary conferences 
throughout the Southern California 

PRAY for the continuing leading 
of the Holy Spirit in our national 
youth program. 

PRAY for the speakers and lead- 
ers of our national camp this year. 

PRAY for summer missionaries as 
they prepare to serve our Lord this 

PRAY for superintendents of many 
Sunday schools newly elected during 
the last few months. 

PRAY for the National Sunday 
School Convention to be held in 
Long Beach, California, August 15 
to 16. 

PRAY for the summer itineration 
of the director, which includes several 
district conferences. 

PRAY for wisdom in writing ma- 
terial for several departments of our 

PRAY for the financial support 
from our Sunday schools, that God's 
work may not lack. 

PRAY for those who made de- 
cisions for the Lord during the visit 
of the quiz team in Puerto Rico, and 
also for the contacts which resulted 
from this visit. 

PRAY for the program of activities 
at the Chateau in France this month, 
as all of the mission personnel 
(Juliens, Fogies, Dan Hammers, and 
Larry DeArmey) will be working 
there together. 

PRAY for the congregation at 
Mexicali, Mexico, which is in the 
process of obtaining lots to erect a 
church building. 

PRAY for the Christian day school 
in Rio Cuarto, Argentina, that it may 
become well established and have 
strong leadership. 

PRAY that God may lead concern- 
ing the possible establishment of a 
new dispensary and testimony in a 
heavily populated area about fifty 
miles from Yaloke, Africa. 

PRAISE the Lord for the fine of- 
ferings from men's groups which 
sponsored special programs on Evan- 
gelism Sunday. 

PRAY for the Lord's leading as 
speakers are contacted for the lay- 
men's portion of the conference pro- 


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Rev. Clyde Landrum Challenges Northern Atlantic Laymen 

The Northern Atlantic District Laymen met during of Brethren Foreign Missions, spoke to the men present. 

the regular district conference at Pine Brook in the Poco- 
no Mountains near Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The lay- 
men's sessions were held after tne business meeting each 
day, and Rev. Clyde Landrum, assistant general secretary 

His first message was taken from I Samuel, "Speak, for 
thv servant heareth," and the second one was entitled 
"Arise and Go," from Acts 8:26. Brother Landrum is pic- 
tured at right above. (Photo by Allen Zook.) 


National Conference Laymen's Sessions 

August 17 through 22 at 8 a.m. 

Long Beach, California 

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Help us reach our goal for the lay- 
men's scholarship fund! Have you 
and your laymen's group contributed 
yet this year? Send your offerings to 
Ben Zimmerman, R.R. 1, Warsaw, 
Indiana 46580. (Total amount cur- 
rently on deposit with the Brethren 
Investment Foundation amounts to 


How I Stole a Few Ideas and 
Had a Good Vacation Bible School H 

By Rev. Dean RIsser 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church, Margate, Florida 

After all, only one person was en- 
tirely original, and he wasn't for long 
. . . that was Adam. I never had an 
original idea in my life, but I was 
never ashamed to copy a good one. 
It is simply a matter of common 
honesty, then, to give the credit 
where it's due. 

I do not like to have a VBS im- 
mediately after school is out, because 
the children are tired of school and 
need a few weeks to let off steam. 
July or even August works better than 
June for us. 

Getting help for VBS is always 
a problem, perhaps a test of faith. 
Last year we had this problem and 
decided to take the Word of the Lord 
Jesus in the matter and pray for help, 
and we had lots of it . . . and of a 
good quality. We had no pianist, but 
the Lord had a lady volunteer for 
the job whom we didn't even sus- 
pect had the ability to play! 

We made sure we had good, solid 
Christians as heads for each depart- 
ment and for actual Bible-teaching 
assignments. Then for helpers and 
assistants we used ladies who were 
on the "fringe" of the church, some of 
whom we were not sure were saved. 
They were delighted to help, and we 
discovered some good potential with- 
out committing ourselves to let them 
teach permanently. We also used our 
teen-agers for sports, class helpers, 
and to serve refreshments. We had 
an evening class for the teen-agers, 
taught by one of our regular Sunday- 
school teachers who could not help 
in the daytime. 

We used Gospel Light material, 
the most expensive and the best avail- 
able. The children came within five 
dollars of paying for the entire cost of 
the school, besides giving a mission- 

ary offering of over $32. The total 
offering of $165.88 was given by an 
average attendance of 105. 

We used an idea of Rev. Leo Pol- 
man's, which we saw Rev. Ralph 
Colburn use: the Penny Parade. 
Every cent of our offering came in 
in pennies, and the closing offering 
was $45.47! One of our men made a 
penny balance out of cake pans and 
light chain, and this was set in front 
of the auditorium. It was large and 
sat right on the floor, but the pans 
were low enough for preschoolers to 

reach. When the children registered, 
they were put on the side of either 
the "Missionaries" or the "Evan- 
gelists." They were given a white 
tag with either a blue cross or a fed 
Bible sticker on it, which they were 
told to wear every day. They sat on 
their respective sides during opening, 
after lining up and marching in with 
two lines. Mr. Munch was the official 
"money-changer" who changed silver 
into pennies for the offering. We had 
our Penny Parade very soon after 

marching in; the two sides marched 
by the balance and put their pennies 
in their side. Any person could tell 
which side won, even those who 
couldn't count! A count was kept not 
only of which side won each day, but 
also of the amount. It really was 
exciting for the children. 

Teachers contributed, too, and 
were told to try to keep the number 
wins" as even as possible by the 
unt they gave. We came out with 
an even number of wins going into 
the final offering at closing night, 
which was Friday. 

Each Friday, which was the day 
with the largest attendance, the entire 
offering was a missionary offering. 
The children were told of this in ad- 
vance and were informed what mis- 
sionary work their money would help. 

The last Friday during the opening 
exercises we had a decision service. 
The preschoolers were taken out first; 
then a simple salvation message was 
presented. With no music and no 
pressure, those desiring to receive 
Christ were asked to stand up and 
let the others know about it. Twenty 
boys and girls stood up, one at a 
time, to decide publicly for Christ. 

Twenty-five new families were 
contacted through our VBS, and some 
of them are now in our Sunday 
school. A few Catholic parents sent 
their children, one of whom later on 
serenaded the worshipers at mass with 
"Jesus Loves Me, This I Know"! 
Another Catholic couple appeared, 
after a year, in our worship service. 
Their children have started to come 
regularly to Sunday school. A few of 
the helpers have since become regu- 
lar members of the Sunday-school 

We believe in tv\'o weeks of VBS. 
From a practical standpoint we come 
closer to paying for materials in two 
weeks, and the cost of one week is 
nearly the same as two weeks. 

Sunday-school attendance right 
after VBS fell off a litde, which is 
not too surprising; but because we 
gained prospects and worked the 
prospects, it helped us over a period 
of time. The children did the job of 
getting out the word that we were in 
business during the VBS, so when 
we got there we were already "intro- 

We're going all out for VBS again 
this year, and we hope you do the 
same! ▼ 





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"You May 

Be Next" i 



Home Missions and 
Grace Schools Issue 

June 26, 1965 

Brethren Home Missions 


By Lester E. Pifer 

The Enigma of the Modern Church 

A rather remarkable Gallup poll taken at Easter time 
reveals a sad state of affairs in America's churches by 
examining whether the nation's adults believe that reli- 
gious influence on American life is rising or waning. 
These are among the results as quoted in ISl eivsweek: 
"{ 1 ) The percentage of those who see religion losing influ 
ence has more than tripled since 1957. (2) Whereas 69 
per cent only eight years ago fancied religious influence 
to be on the rise, this figure has now slumped to 33 per 
cent. (3) the judgment is harshest of all from university 
students, of whom 62 per cent find religious influence 

Emmet John Hughes, staff columnist for Newsweek, 
makes the following statement and quotation: "Statistics 
so stark almost compel candor from religious leaders ap- 
praising them. With the illusion of a great post World 
War II religious renaissance now erased, the president 
of Princeton Theological Seminary, James I. McCord, 
bluntly attributes such sour national sentiment to Prot- 
estantism's 'outmoded forms and structures,' its 'sterile 
self-analysis,' and a general popular 'disenchantment 
with Protestantism's pietistic and moralistic answers.' " 

We are well aware that attendances and genuine 
spiritual interest increased sharply following the war. We 
realize that men who faced the loneliness, horrors, and 
ravages of war did honestly seek out America's churches 
with their families, desiring spiritual help and assurance. 
A vast percentage of these groping folk went to the 
larger church denominations that have long since fallen 
into end-time apostasy. The church in the larger sense 
has fallen into a state of unbelief, questioning the ver- 


The Clayhole Brethren 
Church located on the bank 
of Troublesome Creek and 
nestled in the hills of beauti- 
ful Breathitt County, Ken- 

Volume 27. Number 13 

Richard E. Grant. Executive Editor 
SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake. Ind. Issued biweekly 
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acity of the Word, doubting the authority, ability and 
message of Christ. We have in effect a blind church try- 
ing desperately to lead the blind. 

What an enigma! A church which should lead the way 
in truth is torn with unbelief of the one Book which 
has the truth. A church which should point men, women, 
and children to the Christ who saves has no confidence 
in His ability to save from sin. A church which should be 
carrying the banner of righteousness in godly living has 
no mark of distinction in its conduct of life, even ques- 
tioning the moral standards set forth in the Bible. This 
church to which men come for power has no strength to 
offer. What disillusionment! It is little wonder that in- 
terest in an apostate church would continue to decline. 

Herein lies the Christian's finest hour of opportunity. 
We know of the transforming power of the gospel of 
Christ put to work in a life by the Holy Spirit. We know 
what Christ can do in the life. We know the joyous as- 
surance that comes from the promises taken literally from 
the Word of God. We know that God's standards can 
practically be attained by God working through Christ in 

Behind the hardened shell and barrier of sin in the 
man of the world lies a heart that is ready for real, 
tangible, satisfying salvation. Disillusioned men are our 
mission field in America! The apostle Paul said, "For I 
am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power 
of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to 
the Jew first, and also to the Greek" (Rom. 1:16). The 
Brethren Church holds forth this vital message in our 
day (Phil. 2:16). It is a message of power to save, to 
satisfy the longing heart, and it will enable men to live as 
God desires they shall. The need for willing witnesses, in 
word and life, of every facet of God's truth is now at its 
greatest peak. The need to build new, living, vibrant 
churches to set forth the truth is greater than ever be- 
fore. America's hour of calamity and apostasy is our 
Brethren Home Mission golden opportunity. 

The Herald Offering 

The Brethren Missionary Herald magazine has played 
a large part in the development of our church. Every 
organization within our fellowship has benefited through 
the news, information, and timely articles of this printed 
page. The development of Sunday-school materials, the 
special editions of the magazine, and the distribution of 
other valuable literature are greatly enhancing our min- 
istry. Your contributions to the Herald Company at this 
time are needed to enlarge this ministry, to get more of 
these printed materials into the hands of the unsaved, 
and to keep down the costs of production of the magazine, 
thus benefiting all our boards. Our Herald Company and 
its staff are to be commended for printing one of Amer- 
ica's finest Christian bi-weeklys. ▼ 

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Clayhole Brethren Church in Review 

In September, 1939, due to circum- 
stances beyond their control, a group 
of 85 people at Clayhole, Kentucky, 
were without a Brethren church in 
which to worship. One lady invited 
the group to meet at her house the 
next Lord's Day. BeFore Sunday came 
around, however, the people were 
told they could use the large con- 
solidated school in that area. This 
they did for several months. Clyde 
K. Landrum was principal of the 
school at that time. Not only did he 
get permission to use the buildings, 
but he was also the first superintend- 
ent of the Sunday school. During this 
time a lady gave land on which to 
build a church and parsonage. A few 

By Sewell S. Landrum, Pastor 

years ago The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council purchased some ad- 
ditional land. 

To obtain most of the needed lum- 
ber, the late Mize Landrum gave per- 
mission to cut all the timber we need- 
ed. Other men loaned us mules and 
trucks to haul the logs to the mill 
and the lumber to the site where the 
church was to be erected. When 
everything was ready. Brethren men 
from other states arrived and went to 
work. By October, 1940, we were able 
to use the building for worship. The 
Clayhole community has always been 
proud of its church house. Later the 
national WMC gave the needed 
funds for the parsonage. As in anv 

is nearby, and within minutes many 
men and boys had arrived with buck- 
ets and the fire was soon extinguish- 
ed. In the above instance, Trouble- 
some Creek was a friend. On other 
occasions Troublesome Creek has 
been an enemy. On at least two oc- 
casions the water surrounded the 
buildings and threatened to enter un- 

From the beginning the church 
grew in size, and souls were saved. 
Countless numbers of men, women, 
boys, and girls have accepted Christ 
in this place. Many are serving in 
other churches across our land. Some 
have gone to other churches due to 
the fact that there is no Brethren 

Clyde K. Landrum 

Rev. and Mrs. Sewell S. Landrum 

parsonage in the land, guests have 
come and gone. The lives of those 
who live there have been refreshed 
by their presence. 

June 1, 1941, was the date of dedi- 
cation. Again our Brethren friends 
arrived from far-away places. More 
than 65 were here from other states. 
The dedicatory message was brought 
by Russell D. Barnard, who was then 
pastor of the First Brethren Church 
in Dayton, Ohio. During the evening 
service, the writer was ordained to 
the Christian ministry bv R. Paul 
Miller, Sr., and R. D. Barnard. 

During the first fall a near tragedy 
struck our church house when the 
furnace ignited a fire. Clayhole did 
not have a red fire truck as our mod- 
ern cities do. But Troublesome Creek 

Robert P. Combs 

June 26, 1965 

Brethren Home Missions 

testimony in the town where they 
Hve. Quite a number are in Brethren 
churches. Two young men who at- 
tended our church are now ordained 
ministers of The Brethren Church. 
Clyde K. Landrum is in the foreign 
missions office, and Robert PhiHp 
Combs is pastor at Sterhng, Ohio. 

In 1961 the work was turned over 
to Robert Dell for a period of three 
years. The church had three years of 
wonderful Bible teaching. When it 
comes to preaching God's Word, 
Brother Dell is a giant. Recently, he 
felt led to take another pastorate. 
January 16 of this year, Mrs. Land- 
rum and I returned to take up the 
work again, this time as a self-sup- 
porting work. This is a step of faith. 
We believe that God is able. We 

Top down: Sunbeams. Myrtle Landrum; 
Dewdrops. Catherine Combs: Willing Work- 
ers. Margaret Allen: Bright Stars, Marion 
Landrum; and Lightbearers. Martha Combs. 


often think, "Is this place worth 
while?" Let me answer with an il- 
lustration. A few years ago Ernie 
Bearinger and I were sitting in our 
living room talking. The door bell 
rang and a young man came in. I 
had forgotten the boy. He introduced 
himself and said, "I stopped by to 
see if you were still here. I want to 
thank you for what you have done 
for me." He had been won to Christ 
in our school work in a neighboring : 
county. Today he is pastor of a funda- 
mental church in Harlin County. 

All that has been done at Clay- 
hole is a tribute to our Lord Jesus 
Christ and to the Brethren people 
who have been supporting the work 
of The Brethren Home Missions 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

Brethren Home Missions 

(Home-mission editor's note: Many 
improvements have been made and 
are being made on the original build- 
ings. The church building has just 
added an almost new hot water heat- 
ing system that operates on coal from 
the nearby coal mines. A new roof is 
needed, some timbers replaced and 
a fresh coat of paint applied. These 
are projects for this summer. 

The parsonage has also had a re- 
placement furnace, and Brother 
Robert Dell while laboring here re- 

modeled the kitchen and made some 
other improvements. 

The church a few years ago pur- 
chased and paid for a new church 
bus. Just recently this bus had to have 
a motor replaced at a cost of $300, 
and the local church is caring for this 

The Brethren Home Missions 
Council is appreciative of the min- 
istry of Brother Landrum and is grate- 
ful that he is willing to assume again 
the leadership in the work on a self- 
supporting basis.) T 

Top; Young people, Mrs. Sewell S. Landrum; adults; Pastor Sewell S. Landrum. 

tzHome iJjllsslon ^ield ifxepo^ts 

WHEATOIS, ILL. (Dean Fetter- 
hoff, pastor). The final missions giv- 
ing total from our missionary con- 
ference in May of 1964 to May of 
this year was $5,178.28. This figure 
exceeded our prayer goal by more 
than $600. Praise the Lord for this 
increase from less than $1,700 the 
previous year. 

DRYHILL, KY. (Marvin Lowery, 
missionary). We had two wonderful 
weeks of evangelistic meetings with 
Brother Don Rager. We saw a total 
of 14 decisions during the campaign 
and the week prior to it. Of the 14 

decisions, six were for salvation and 
eight for rededication. The group 
here was able to care for all the ex- 
pense of the meeting. 

LANCASTER, PA. (William 
Tweeddale, pastor). In the month of 
April, 70 of our people left the church 
here to start the new work in Eliza- 
bethtown, Pennsylvania. For ^he 
month of May our Sunday school 
averaged the same as before the 70 
left us, and, therefore, these have 
been replaced alreadv. For a special 
offering taken in May, we set a goal 
of $1,000 and on that day received 


Flash! A letter from the 
Board of Directors for The 
Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil was placed in the mail on 
Friday, June 4, and the first re- 
turns that came in Wednesday, 
June 8, were $15 in cash and 
$50 in a faith promise toward 
the deficit of approximately 
$150,000. A report will follow 
each month on the response to 
this letter. Extra copies of the 
letter, return envelopes, and 
faith promise cards were sent to 
all Brethren churches. Make 
this letter a matter of prayer. 

$1,419. God certainly is good and 
greatly to be praised. 

GALION, OHIO (Alva Conner, 
pastor). The first Sunday of our six 
weeks' program to pay for our prop- 
erty we exceeded the goal to pay for 
2,500 square feet at $500. The total 
offering was $566.59 on this first 
Sunday (May 16). We will be break- 
ing ground this month and we are 
looking forward to the Brethren con- 
struction crew's coming soon. 

GOSHEM, IND. (James Kennedy, 
pastor). The mother-daughter ban- 
quet was held here May 9 with 45 
mothers and daughters present. The 
theme was "Portrait of a Woman" 
and was carried out in the decorations 
and the devotional. 

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Special). 
This is the citv for which Brethren 
Minute-Men should be preparing to 
receive a call any day now. The Lord 
is blessing in Columbus and the 
group has outgrown two meeting 
places. The Minute-Man letter is in 
preparation and will be coming your 
vv'ay soon. The need for your response 
is to help supply a full-time ministry. 
Begin praying, begin looking, and 
begin laying aside something for your 
Minute-Man return envelope. 

June 26, 1965 

Brethren Home Missions 




"My people hath been lost sheep: 
their shepherds have caused them to 
go astrav, they have turned them 
awav on the mountains: thev have 
gone from mountain to hill, they 
have forgotten their resting place. 
All that found them have devoured 
them: and their adversaries said, We 
offend not, because thev have sinned 
against the Lord, the habitation of 
justice, even the Lord, the hope of 
their fathers .... Israel is a scattered 
sheep; the lions have driven him 
awav: first the king of Assyria hath 
devoured him; and last this Nebu- 
chadrezzar king of Babylon hath 
broken his bones. Therefore thus 
saith the Lord of hosts, the God of 
Israel; Behold, I will punish the king 
of Babylon and his land, as I have 
punished the king of Assyria" (Jer. 
50:6-7, 17-18). 

The Presentation of the Gospel to 
the Jewish Community 

Noel Smith in his book, The Truth 
About the ]eiv, says, " The majority 
of Christians have never heard but 
one side of the Jew— the bad side. 
... It is everywhere taught and 
preached— and Christians generally 
believe it— that the Jews alone 
crucified Christ. That, too, is what 
we have heard all our lives. What 
does the divine record sav?" 

It is time for Christians to take 
heed of what the Holy Scriptures say 
relative to the crucifixion of Jesus 
Christ if the church ever expects to 
reach the Jewish community ef- 
fectively. Christian scholarship always 
has been, and most Christian min- 
isters are at present, very lax in pre- 
senting all Holy Scripture has to sav 
relative to the Crucifixion account. 
Such an attitude invades many other 
areas of Biblical exposition, but we 
are presently concerned with the pre- 
sentation of the gospel to the Jewish 
community. Since the Crucifixion 
occupies such a prominent place in 
the gospel story, we must of neces- 
sity concern ourselves with the Bibli- 
cal account. And we must be certain 

our presentation of this story is a true 
and complete presentation of the 
Biblical account. The necessity of 
such an attitude is recognized by 
the leaders of the Jewish community 
of this country. Rabbi Solomon S. 
Bernards states in his tract, "What 
We Teach About Each Other": "It 
is my humble opinion that a posture 
of constant apologetics, defensiveness, 
and blindness to one's own share in 
past wrongs, is the greatest single 
hindrance to the development of 
sounder, more compassionate, more 
'witness-ful' (if I may coin a word) 
relations between faith communi- 

Now this writer realizes Rabbi 
Bernards would sanction deletion of 
certain New Testament passages 
which he classes as "dreadful ut- 
terances, which ought to find no 
place in any sacred book . . ." (cp. 
Matt. 27:25- John 8:44; I Thess. 2: 
16), but I also believe he would not 
have been pushed to this position had 
the gospel message been presented in 
its entirety down through the years. 
The full presentation of the gospel 
story and particularly the Crucifixion 
will never fix condemnation on anv 
particular, single group of people. 

To understand what I mean by 
"entirety," take your Bible and read 
Mark 14:53 to 65. As you read this 
passage, understand it deals with 
Jewish participation in the crucifix- 
ion of Jesus, the Messiah. The high 
priest is Jewish; the ecclesiastical 
court is Jewish; the people who spit 
in Jesus' face are Jewish; the servants 
who slap His face are Jewish. But 
the account does not end there! It 
continues on through the 15th chap- 
ter of Mark, verses 1 to 20. This sec- 
tion contains the description of the 
Gentile's part in the crucifixion of 
Jesus, the Saviour. Pilate is the Gen- 
tile governor. He is an unprincipled 
{wlitician. Even though he knows 
Jesus is innocent (he even says so), he 
is "willing to content the people . . . 
and delivered Jesus, when he had 
scourged him, to be crucified." But 


to whom is Jesus delivered? To the 
Jews? No! Verse 16 continues, "And 
the soldiers [i.e., the Roman soldiers] 
led him away into the hall, called 
Praetorium; and they call together the 
whole band." Then they proceed to 
mock Him; they crown Him with 
a crown of thorns; they beat Him; 
they spit upon Him. Finally, these 
Gentile soldiers conduct Him to the 
place of execution and actually do 
the phvsical job of crucifying the 
Lord. Read the Scripture accounts if 
vou disagree with this. 

Now I am not trying to minimize 
the Jewish part in the Crucifixion. 
Scripture is clear as to their guilty 
position. I am, however, trying to 
make us see it in its proper perspec- 
tive. To do this we must consider the 
other half of the story. We must see 
the part Gentiles played in the cruci- 
fixion of the Lord of Glory. And we 
must see the Gentiles' guilty part in 
the light of the fact that Pilate could, 
had he so desired, have refused to 
participate in the action. As the Ro- 
man governor he could have stopped 
the proceedings altogether. But 
Pilate, as judge of the court of last 
appeal, chose to surrender an inno- 
cent Man to a mob of Gentiles and 
Jews who were steeped in guilt as 
deeply as it is possible for humans to 
be. Would you like to hear God's dec- 
laration of the responsibility for the 
Crucifixion? Hear Him speak in Acts 
4:23 to 27: "And being let go, they 
went to their own company, and re- 
ported all that the chief priests and 
elders had said unto them. And when 
they heard that, they lifted up their 
voice to God with one accord, and 
said. Lord, thou art God, which hast 
made heaven, and earth, and the sea, 
and all that in them is: who by the 
mouth of thy servant David hast said, 
Why did the heathen rage, and the 
people imagine vain things? The 
kings of the earth stood up, and the 
rulers were gathered together against 
the Lord, and against his Christ. For 
of a truth against thy holy child 
Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both 

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Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the 
Gentiles, and the people of Israel, 
were gathered together . . ." (italics 
are writer's). 

This is God's summation of the 
human responsibility for that event. 
Failure to report any part of this 
record is to distort the record. In fact, 
one's attitude can make it gross de- 
ceit, for it is human nature to seize 
an unfair advantage at the expense 
of others. And human nature is fallen 
nature. When the Crucifixion is 
preached, Gentile participation 

should receive the same prominence 
as Jewish participation. 

Try to recall the past messages you 
have heard with regard to the Cruci- 
fixion storv. Then try to remember 
how often you have heard the term 
"the Jews" used as the agents in the 
Crucifixion, and how often you have 
heard the term "the Gentiles" used 
as agents in the Crucifixion. Try to 
recall the vilification heaped upon 
the head of the high priest and his 
group, and how often you have heard 
how poor old Pilate tried to shun 

responsibility and grant it to the 
Jews when he washed his hands, thus 
showing he was not in sympathy with 
what was happening. I do not think I 
need to pursue this any further except 
to say that when the Crucifixion 
story is told, it should be a full and 
honest presentation of the actions of 
all participants. Unless this is done, 
you can never expect to reach the 
Jewish community with God's mes- 
sage of salvation. T 

(To be. concluded next month) 

Tucson, Arizona's, Growing Sunday School 

Left column, top down: Connie Brabham, nursery; Mrs. Lloyd West, firsrt grade; Mrs. Robert Fisher, grades two and three; Mrs. Bar- 
stow-Hoffman, grades four and five. Right column, top down: Mrs. Harold Painter, grade six; Mrs. Ed Kluth, junior high; Pastor 
Harold Painter, senior high; and Mr. Barstow -Hoffman, adults. 

June 26, J 965 

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If you are receiving only 3 per cent interest now, this would be possible. The 
Brethren Investment Foundation will pay you 5 per cent on investments and 4 per 
cent on savings. 

Your money is greatly needed now in building 
new Brethren churches. The Lord will richh' 
bless vou for having a part in this great mis- 
sionary program. The need For funds is great 
and the opportunities for building new 
churches are many. 

Why not open an investment or savings ac- 
count today and receive "double dividends' 
on your money? If you already have an ac- 
count in the Foundation, maybe you would 
want to increase it. 


For further Information write today to: 

Brethren Investment Foundation, Inc. 

Box 587, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Pastor Lyle Marvin, two local teen-agers, and office building. 

Used Car Office Used for Sunday School Classes 

The growing San Jose, California, 
Sunday school had to have more 

room. The used car lot office shown 
was available for $250 plus expenses 

of moving it to the church site, 
"crash program" to raise the funds 
was initiated and the funds were 
raised. The employer of one of the 
church members moved the building 
free, but there was a charge of $27 
for a moving permit. This office 
building will provide two more Sun- 
day-school rooms now and will be 
used for equipment storage when the 
expansion program is completed. The 
Sunday school had already over- 
flowed into a bus, where one class is 
held, and this new building provides 
for further extension of Sunday- 
school classes. 

In the work of Brethren Home 
Missions just about every conceivable 
type of building has been used for 
meeting places, but we believe this is 
the first time a used car lot office has 
been utilized. Our prayer for Pastor 
Lyle Marvin is that his Sunday 
school will keep on growing and that 
his building development program 
will get under way. ▼ 

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I First Brethren Church of 
I Norton Nudges Ahead 

The First Brethren Church of Nor- 
ton, Ohio, may be better known to 
many as the Barberton church. Pas- 
tor Irvin Miller has been on the 
field a little more than eight months, 
but the blessings during this time 
have been many. Below is a recent 
picture of the Sunday school, and "it 
was not <aken on Easter Sunday," 
the pastor hastened to add. 

During the past eight months more 
than 80 decisions have been made, or 
an average of two decisions per Sun- 
dav. Of these decisions, 34 were 
first-time, 19 were rededications, and 
27 were various other kinds. To date. 

14 have been baptized and a total of 
19 taken into the membership. 

A4anv of the decisions made and 
the increase in attendances can be 
attributed to a weekly visitation pro- 
gram. Six people faithfully take an 
active part in the visitation, and in 
the words of Pastor Miller, "This has 
been paying off." 

On Easter Sunday of this year, 
new records were set in the Sunday 
school and worship service with 126 
and 123 respectively. The previous 
record was 118. The Sunday-school 
superintendent, Richard Holmes, had 
promised— or threatened— to sing a 
solo on Easter Sunday if the Sunday 


school exceeded the 100 figure; his 
choice was "To God Be the Glory." 

The Norton work came under The 
Brethren Home Missions Council in 
1959, and their new building was 
erected in 1960. It is located on a 15- 
acre lot, of which ten acres are for 
sale. WTien this is effected, the 
church will be in a good position to 
go self-supporting. Especially will this 
be true with continued growth. Pray 
that this property will be sold. T 

Top row, left to right: Rea Cowen's, Miss Sharon Ellis's, Mrs. James Nettleton's. and Mr. George Ellis's classes. Center row. left to 
right: Mrs. Aloma Ander's. Miss Penny Stephen's, and Mrs. Irvin Miller's classes. Bottom row, left to right: James Nettleton's, Robert 
Holmes's, and Sam Nichol's classes. 


ladies of the Southern California 
WMC's are planning a great welcome 
for those coming to national confer- 
ence from the Midwest and East. If 
you will be arriving by plane, bus, 
or train, please notify Mrs. Dwight 
Renter, 1902 W. 91st PI., Los An- 
geles 47, Calif., giving arriving time 
and date. 

Be sure to bring vour family to 
the conference— children have been 
included in the plans. There will 
be organized activities for the pri- 
mary, junior, and junior high groups. 
Each of these groups will have Bible 
study, supervised plav, and trips 
about the Long Beach area to view 
points of interest; one feature will be 
a tour of one of the big ocean liners. 
So . . . bring the family! 

SPECIAL. Evangelist Ron Thomp- 
son writes: "The Lord blessed us out 
in the Northwest District during Jan- 
uary to April of this year. There v\'ere 
just under 100 decisions for Christ. 
We experienced a revival at our dis- 
trict conference when eight public 
decisions were made. The Lord has 
been blessing in an unusual way with 
the film 'Just a Stranger.' One night 
during our meetings after the film 
was shown, 29 people stepped for- 
ward and confessed a spiritual need 
in their lives concerning soul-win- 

ing the theme "No Time To Wait," 
the 55th annual Southern California- 
Arizona District conference met at 
North Long Beach Brethren Church 
May 18 to 22. Special features of the 
conference were a choir of 125 voices, 
workshops, and personal testimonies 
from representatives of district mis- 
sions. The moderator's address was 
delivered by Rev. Harold B. Penrose, 
pastor of the Los Altos Brethren 
Church; and Rev. Ray Ortlund, of 

Lake Avenue Congregational 
Church, Pasadena, was guest speaker. 
In the closing evening session a pub- 
lic response of rededication was made 
b)' over three dozen people. 

LANSING, MICH. Mr. Ray Bur- 
gess, Sunday-school superintendent of 
Grace Brethren Church, has been ap- 
pointed as Deputy Auditor General 
of the State of Michigan. This is a 
non-partisan job. "Interestingly 
enough, his boss is a staunch Demo- 
crat while Mr. Burgess is a staunch 
Republican," writes Pastor J. Ward 


A trip to Hawaii August 23 to 
30 following national conference 
is being arranged for anyone in- 
terested in visiting our newest 
state. The price will be $265 for 
one person; this will include 
plane fare to and from the is- 
land, hotel accommodations at 
the Hawaiiana, and a sight-see- 
ing tour to be arranged by our 
Hawaiian missionaries. If you 
are interested, please contact 
Unusual Tours, Box 5246, Buena 
Park, Calif, or call and speak to 
Rev. Carmona at 714-827-5890. 

ing the first three weeks of April Mr. 
and Mrs. Robert Gegner, parents of 
Pastor Larry Gegner of the First 
Brethren Church here, were in Lau- 
sanne, Switzerland, visiting their son, 
Phil, and his wife, who are studying 
the French language in preparation 
for missionary service under the Un- 
evangelized Fields Mission. While in 
Europe the Gegners visited the Breth- 
ren work at the Chateau in St. Al- 
bain, France. Some of the slides thev 
took on the trip were presented in 
a Sunday evening service recently at 
First Brethren Church. 

On Sunday afternoon. May 30, 
some 70 members and friends of the 
church attended an "open house" at 
the parsonage as guests of Pastor and 
Mrs. Gegner. 

NEW TROY, MICH. Rev. and 
Mrs. Gerald Kelley are happy to an- 

nounce the adoption of Jody Rae. 
Born on Feb. 16 of this year, she 
came to live with the Kelleys on April 
27. Her father is pastor of the New 
Troy Brethren Church, and her ma- 
ternal grandparents are Rev. and Mrs. 
John M. Aeby, of Waterloo, Iowa.